Artist Tracy Child is what might be termed a colorist – that is, her style of painting is vivid and strong, both in smaller sizes as well as her extra-large canvases. We reached Tracy one afternoon to chat and ask her some questions.
“Tracy, when were you first drawn to art?”
Way back in First Grade, I drew everything. I was always drawing. I was fortunate to have access to art classes at that time of my early development. Later on, I studied drawing at Scripps College, printmaking at UC Davis, then received my MFA degree in Holland at the Fine Arts Academy in Rotterdam, now called the William de Kooning museum. By the way, the first time I tried painting it was awful, and I didn’t paint again for many years. Fortunately I found my way out of that.
“Did you have a teacher who stands out?”
I took a lot of classes from people such as Wayne Thibeaud, but one person who really stands out was my teacher at UC Davis, Ralph Johnson. He was a wonderful mentor to me in many ways.
“What is your schedule of the day?”
Always begin with walking the dogs, one of my favorite activities. Then to painting as soon as I can.
“Do you listen to music while painting?”
NPR mostly. That may be a surprise to people but I like it.
“Do you teach others?”
Periodically, not all the time. When I do, it’s for older kids and adults.
“What advice would you give a young person starting out?”
Always look for mentors, people to guide you and honestly give you opinions.
“Where would someone never find you? Trick question – where would you hate to be?”
“What do you feel is the future of art?”
I really hope it comes back to figurative, representational, still life styles. Like Diebenkorn, de Kooning, Fairfield Porter.
“Do you have any artistic challenges?”
Always. When I first started painting it turned out horribly. I constantly struggle over which style I should concentrate on. Also I have a great deal of trouble promoting myself. It’s something I don’t like to do.
“Thank you, Tracy, for spending time with us today”.
We are fortunate to have Tracy’s art in the Arts Guild most months of the year. She can also be reached through her website: www.tracychild.com.