Tracey grew up with an affinity for art and design and is always in her element when doing something creative. Though raised in Southern California, she moved to Northern California to pursue her artistic interests. She attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco receiving a BFA in Illustration which led to a job opportunity working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri. Tracey saved nearly every card she received since she was about five years old, and working for Hallmark was an unexpected yet perfect opportunity for her. After years of designing greeting cards and stationery product and seeking growth and exploration, she returned to the Bay Area where she ventured into the textile and apparel industries. Her focus as a textile designer was on children’s product offerings, and she began to find herself moving further and further away from where she began as an illustrator. Driven by a desire to find meaning in the work she did, Tracey then left the corporate world in pursuit of becoming the artist she had truly wanted to be. Endeavoring to relearn the pure craft of drawing and painting at a higher level, she furthered her artistic training studying classical representational art at Watts Atelier of the Arts in Encinitas, California. She has never looked back but only forward as she has watched her dream begin to unfold.
While living in the Bay Area, Tracey volunteered with a marine mammal rescue/rehabilitation facility for several years. Though she has focused her drawing and painting efforts on the human figure, it is also her desire to merge her deep love of animals with her passion for art. Whether she is painting people or animals, most importantly she wants her artwork to have a voice, an impact and to make a difference.
For information on how Tracey is using her art to benefit orphans and vulnerable children, please visit The Orphan Portrait Project at www.orphanportraitproject.org.
For information on Tracey's commercial illustration and design for freelance, please visit her website at www.agirlherdogandsomechocolate.com.
Memberships: Associate Member, Oil Painters of America; Associate Member, California Art Club; Member, Portrait Society of America