Although her work ranges from paintings
of French architecture and landscapes to still life, we chose to focus on
her Southwest work for this story.
A native of the West, her work testifies
to her, “great passion for wild places” and her, “love for
the infinite ways color and light manifest with form.”
Starting many of her paintings on
location, Tracy then finishes them in her studio, where she infuses them with
her own impressionistic interpretations inspired by memories of the original
She adds depth, color
saturation and "inner light" to her paintings
glazing technique, by which she adds layers of color to the surfaces.
Tracy’s work has been influenced
by many great artists, including Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keefe, Canadian painters
- Emily Carr and Lawren Harris, the great Russian mystic painter Nicholas
and noted photographer, Ansel Adams. She says she admires
their, “bold expressions of color and light, and their reverence for
nature.” She describes her own work as, “a visual narrative of
the beauty I see everywhere."
Tracy discovered the joy of plein-air
painting - a style of painting produced out of doors in natural light - when
she studied at the Leo Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing at Aix-en-Provence
While in Europe, she traveled throughout
the countryside of southern France and northern Italy, doing paintings in
some of the favorite locales of Van Gogh, Cezanne and the Fauve painters.
Tracy continued her education at
the Portland School of Art in Portland, Maine, and at the College of Art and
Design in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was a recipient of an Abbey Weed
She then entered the commercial world
and worked on editorial, fine art publishing, and print advertising projects
a fine art illustrator.
Her work has received national and
international recognition through numerous publications and gallery exhibitions
and many of her paintings reside in private collections in the United States
Tracy’s work is currently exhibited
at the Palette Contemporary Art and Craft gallery in Albuquerque, Gallerie
Corazon on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, and at her Arroyo Seco studio by appointment.
She will soon offer prints from her
own website. Giclee prints will range in price from $60 for an 8 1/2"
x 11" to $800 for a 30"x40" print. They will be printed with
archival inks on archival paper, hand signed and numbered in small editions.
Tracy now makes her home with her family
in Arroyo Seco, a village near Taos in Northern New Mexico.
More of Tracy Turner's
work can be seen at: