Born in Memphis TN, Tracy grew up in Arlington, VA, with summers and weekends spent in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. As a child, she was constantly drawing and delighting her classmates with her “works of art.” Tracy received her formal art education at Yorktown HS (Art Honor Society) and at Radford College. After marriage to the love of her life, painting took a backseat to working and raising a family. When she did return to her art, it was to classes with Mebane NC artist and instructor Jill Troutman, who introduced her to acrylic paint. She now uses both acrylic and oils – sometimes on the same piece. She continues to take the opportunity to study with other artists. Workshops with David Nance, Barbara Flowers, Mary Whyte (watercolor), Angela Nesbit, Kate Worm, Mike Rooney, Jim Carson, and others have all influenced her art.
Tracy is a member of the Alamance County Arts Council, Alamance Artisans, and Carteret County Arts Council. Her work can be seen in Graham, NC, in ‘Picasso’s Gift Gallery’ (located at the Alamance County Arts Council), and in Beaufort, NC, at ‘The Mattie King Davis Art Gallery’ and ‘Handscapes Gallery.’
The subjects I choose are always figurative in nature whether the figure is human, animal or an inanimate form. The flow of line, the value and intensity of colors that make a figure come to life, the play of lights and darks that either add drama or calmness to a painting, are all fleeting. I paint in the attempt to “get down” on canvas things that “speak” to me. A painting is successful for me when it captures the essence of what first inspired me to paint it.