A watercolour artist based in Scotland who paints nature in detail. Everything from flowers to wildlife, via pet portraits and illustration with detours into miniature art whenever she can. Tracy first came to Orkney in 1986 and lives with her husband and children on the shores of Scapa Flow.
During the 1980’s Tracy ran her own hand knitwear business and later moved on to making hand-hooked rugs, before finally returning to artwork after the birth of her eldest child. Tracy began by selling paintings locally and never looked back – today she is a full-time professional artist and loves every minute of it.
Tracy paints nature in all its forms. Botanical studies were her first subjects and flowers continue to be a very important part of her work. She also paint wildlife and farm animals, together with custom pet portraits and illustration. The variety is fantastic and endlessly inspiring; ” I feel very lucky to cover so many aspects in my paintings. I work mainly in watercolour (both transparent and opaque) – an incredibly versatile medium, whether I am working on fine fur and feathers or sweeping landscapes.”
Tracy’s work has been exhibited in Britain, Europe and the USA and her work hangs in private collections across the world. “My job is a privilege and a constant learning curve – whatever the subject.”
The Orkney Book of Birds has just been published. Tracy completed 50 full colour illustrations for this book over the course of four years, depicting each species within an Orkney landscape.
In 2008 Tracy decided to include time for her own paintings as well as commissioned pieces and commercial work. Tracy feels deeply honored to not only have her paintings juried into major exhibitions but also to win awards in the four principle miniature art shows in the UK and USA, including the prestigious Gold Memorial Bowl from the Royal Miniature Society.