HI, I’M TRACY.  TO ME, MAKING ART IS A QUEST TO KNOW MORE AND LOOK DEEPER.

My painting process is spontaneous.  Thoughts and feelings follow one another onto the canvas in the form of symbols, marks and colours.   I start without a preconceived idea of what I am painting and allow complete freedom to the idea to develop of its own accord.  I work intuitively with colour and line in a range of mediums, including acrylic paint, oil based pencil, ink and oil pastel.

I paint in layers, slowly making sense of the tale unfolding on my canvas.  I observe what appears, read the meanings of the symbols and imagery, take note of ideas that take hold in my head as I paint.   A painting is finished when the narrative is complete and I have understood the message it contains.

Each painting is part of the visual journal of my  quest.  I think of them as talismans, imbued with the power and meaning of the marks they bear.  Each one contains a lesson, a message or a map from my unconscious, an opportunity to grow and develop in my understanding of myself and the world.


LIFE IN PICTURES

I live in on a farm in the Overberg / Whale Coast region of South Africa.  These are some photos of everyday life in the country.

 

The first OUTSIDE-IN studio-gallery open event is on Friday 22nd July 2016 at 5pm. Join me and guest artist Hugo Prinsloo around the fireplace for gluhwein & soup.

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