Tracy was raised in Dallas, Texas and has been actively coloring since the age of four. Creating is a process that allows for grounding and for the release of emotions. Mark making is the one steady constant in a persistantly changing outer and inner world.
After graduating from High School in 1994 with failed SAT scores, not knowing what to do while all her friends went away to school, she worked full time and paid her way through Community College. With fervant study and help from her college teachers, Tracy attained a perfect g.p.a combined with a visual portfolio, after 3 years she received the Community College Honors Transfer Scholarship from Southern Methodist University.
At SMU, a Bachelor of Fine Arts was obtained with a major in painting and a minor in printmaking. SMU was significant for Tracy had the opportunity to be educated by some of the most exceptional artists in the Southern region of the United States: Larry Scholder, Bill Komodore, Barnaby Fitzgerald, Peter Beasecker, and Tracy Hicks. While at SMU, a 'transformation of the psyche' occurred that left her forever changed and questioning the true nature of reality.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Southern Methodist University - 12/1999
Tucson Arts for All 08/2008
Standard Club Award 04/1999
Meadows Award 08/1998
Zelle Grant 08/1997
Community College Honors Transfer Scholarship 08/1997
Fairy Inspiration Deck - Sedona, Arizona 11/2015
Tubac Center of the Arts Book Cover Exhibition, Tupac, AZ 02/2017
Off The Wall - Raices Taller, Tucson, AZ 09/2016
Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres - Raices Taller, Tucson, AZ 06/2012
Group Show - Solar Culture, Tucson, AZ 05/2012
Day of the Dead Collective - Afterglow, Tucson, AZ 11/2011
Day of the Dead Altar - Armory Park, Tucson, AZ 11/2010
Mysterious Openings - Exposition Gallery, Dallas, TX 07/2001
North Texas Food Bank/Art Benefit - Art Bar, Dallas TX 06/2001
Solo Exhibit - Art Bar, Dallas, TX 04/2001
BFA Qualifying Exhibition - SMU, Dallas, TX 05/2000
How Do You Measure Up - University of Dallas, Dallas TX 04/2000
Solo Exhibit - Downtown Public Library, Dallas, TX 01/2000
Richard L. Bean Gallery - 823 Exposition, Dallas, TX 05/1995
RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
MoonLove INK, Tucson, Arizona 10/2005 to Present
Painter/Illustrator/Digital Manipulator - Skilled in using a variety of materials to create one of a kind custom made images, both in fine art and commercial design. Trained in keeping the integrity of a piece by using archival materials. Knowledgable in making images print ready.
The Chaitanya Cultural Center, Tucson, Arizona 10/2005 to 01/2010
Promoter/Restaurant and Boutique Assistant - Greeted customers, provided customer service, collected payment at registers, restocked boutique and organized merchandise attractively. Promoted all programs and Festivals held in both local online publications and weekly newspapers. Special Project: Wrote a proposal that acquired a $500 grant from Tucson Arts for All, money was used to hire local artistic talent for a festival that attracted over 600 people.
Aloha Designs, Maui, Hawaii 7/2003 to 8/2005
Jewelry Designer/Craftsman - Managed and maintained a jewelry making business using natural materials found in the Hawaiian islands to hand craft high quality custom made necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
American Home Furnishings, Tucson, Arizona 8/2001 to 6/2003
Visual Designer - Managed in store merchandising and created visual displays for the entire warehouse showroom. Was in charge of a team who assisted in moving and placing furniture on showroom floor. Increased sales by updating in store displays, repainting walls in vignettes, and by adding a hand painted mural in the patio area.
Dallas Theater Center Dallas, Texas 08/1997 to 4/2001
Sales - Promoted and sold tickets to top quality professional theater productions. Maintained a monthly quota. Was later hand picked to apprentice in a 12 week program that taught scenic painting.