I am an artist, educator and writer. One of my current projects is a children’s picture book that features my real cats, Mags and Humphrey, and their friend, Howard the Mouse. (I don’t actually have a mouse in my house … but if I did, I’d sure like it to be Howard!) This book is about how we are all different, and while we may like different things, we can still like each other, differences and all! Love makes the difference, doesn’t it?
You might notice that the titles of these illustrations are from old songs. I like songs that were sung by Frank Sinatra … but the Michael Buble versions are pretty great, too. (That’s just one of the things that makes me different.)
I come by my creative spirit quite honestly. My mom was an amazing artist and encouraged all of us to draw when we were old enough to hold a crayon (all the while helping us resist that childish urge to stuff those bright waxy bits into our noses). We’d come home from school and pull out a big roll of brown paper and just draw. We’d explore our beautiful Okanagan wilderness and sketch the landscape, the animals and each other, eating our peanut butter sandwiches and Dad’s homemade fudge. Oh yeah. Dad. Well, Dad wasn’t so visually creative. He was an economist, an accountant, a true bean counter who even cleaned our septic tank in his suit. But he encouraged our little band of towheaded artists and, on occasion, blessed us with a little stick man or two.
I teach varied classes and a variety of techniques, with various materials, because there are different ways to create and different paths to creativity. It is my hope that with my help, students are able to find the techniques and tools that resonate uniquely with them.
As an art instructor, I believe that my job is to help my students find and forge their own road to self-discovery.
There is a lot of meaning infused into each of my art pieces. I do not exaggerate when I say there is much of myself in every artwork I create. Aside from containing beautiful colours and interesting textures, there is a story behind every one of my creations. And the stories I tell are very personal, usually it's a tale from my childhood and younger years that is lurking behind each rich layer of paint.
“Exceptionally calming and balanced” — that is the essence of the energy I try to capture in my paintings. It reflects the spirit of modernism while also embracing notions of nostalgia and sentimentality. In pursuit of a style and aesthetic that is not implied but assumed, I aim to embody a character of sleek elegance which evokes a streamlined look.
The glass pear is part of an in-process collection. The streamlined shape and vivid tones are forming the outline of the pear.
“The colourful world that we live in”: this idea came to me when I was trying to capture the outline of subjects, separating shapes and colours. This is the fundamental idea behind this collection, to see the vivid colours of the subject in the background.
We always see the shape and colours together. I attempt to present them in different concepts. For example, the deep mahogany represents the hues of the violin. The same concept is behind other pieces in this collection as well.
Nature has been here, will be here, and will provide its calm and beauty free of charge for whoever who notices it and seeks it’s help. I went home and franticly started to draw trees. Large trees, small trees, twisted ones or straight ones. I could not stop being amazed by these eternal silent witnesses of life. The “Trees Endless Inspiration” collection that you see here are just a few of the tens of tree drawings that I have made in the last three months. I hope they can convey a fraction of the calm and solace they gave me during these uncertain times to you.
Tracy’s personal artwork refers to individual narrative and ritual as well as exploring her own unique artistic expression.