Hi! I’m Tracy.

I’m a self-taught mixed media painter.

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For 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, nor do I judge what appears.  I allow complete freedom to the idea to develop of its own accord as 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.

“The point of art is not simply to express ourselves,
but to create an external, concrete form
in which the soul of our lives
can be evoked and contained.”

– Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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