Today we’d like to introduce you to Tracey Adams.
Tracey, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My love of art began at age 3, when a friend of my father’s gave me a packet of origami papers and showed me how to make shapes. Noticing my love of color and shape, my parents enrolled me in art classes. My love of the arts has continued throughout my life. As a student in Boston, I participated in some fun projects such as designing posters for upcoming concerts and album covers for Conservatory recordings. After leaving the New England Conservatory of Music, I realized I wanted to spend my time in the studio drawing and painting and not in a practice room playing the piano. In 1988 after returning to California with a Master’s Degree in Music, I was determined to pursue the life of a full-time artist.
Shortly thereafter, my husband and I moved to the Central Coast of California where I began a daily drawing practice. I started entering juried exhibitions, had my work accepted in some and got gallery representation in 1993. Since that time my work has been included in a number of group and solo exhibitions. I was very excited to be invited to the Slovak Republic to participate in a traveling exhibition sponsored by US Steel and the State Department in 2003. I show my work in galleries and exhibitions around the country. In 2014, I was invited to be Visual Artist at Music at Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute in Atherton California. In 2015, I received the honor of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
As mentioned earlier, Japanese aesthetic was an early and ongoing influence. I love paper, all kinds, but especially Japanese washi. I have my own etching press and for the last 10 years have been creating encaustic (molten pigmented wax) monotypes on a Roland Hotbox. There’s a wonderful synergy between the wax monotypes and my ink drawings. My work is abstract but inspired by my proximity to the ocean and its beautiful organic shapes and forms. I also paint with encaustic on panel, sometimes collaging my drawings and prints. My search for connections between works on paper and paintings has fueled many years of exploration and experimentation, keeping things fresh and alive in my studio. My feeling is I will never run out of ideas for my work. Currently, I am working on a project for the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art which will open in November of this year. It is a collaborative installation that will include floor drawings, wall drawings and hanging sculptural vines based on the theme of medicine derived from the sea.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
While we all need to make a living, selling my work is not the most important marker of personal success. Making room for observation, experimentation and challenge, results in a balanced dynamic allowing me to create the best work I can.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work is part of the permanent collections at Crocker Art Museum, Fresno Museum of Art, Hunterdon Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Monterey Museum of Art, Bakersfield Museum of Art. In addition, I show at Markel Fine Arts, Anne Loucks Gallery, Bryant Street Gallery, Winfield Gallery, Ann Connelly Fine Art, and M. A. Doran Gallery. My website is traceyadamsart.com
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