Enjoy the delightful portfolio of artist Tracy Anderson, and find our more about her work by visiting her website.
Growing up, I was always creating something. I received my BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University with an emphasis on communication arts and design, but after graduation I did not draw or paint for years.
After years of working as a graphic designer and then as a chef, I am finally making time to pursue my own personal creative interests. Both jobs were creative and challenging, but I missed painting something for the sheer joy of it.
I initially began by trying out different mediums such as acrylic paint, colored pencils, clay and even a little mixed media. Now I am concentrating with acrylic paints.
I started painting on both canvas and recycled old windows. Some of my work is more realistic, while others are more stylized with bright colors and bold patterns. What I like to capture is the moment — whether it is a whimsical look, the light or an interesting texture.
What’s with the chickens?
Since I had not painted in years, I was not sure where to even begin. What to paint? I had worked with local, sustainable farms and taken pictures of these funny, inquisitive goats and an amazing array chickens.
I loved the textural patterns the feathers make from certain breeds of chickens and just the intense look they give you when you are trying to take their picture. So, that’s where I started — for me, the chicken came first.
I am inspired by nature and try to celebrate what is extraordinary in each animal, bird or insect. I think my work portrays the personality and expressions of the animals I paint. I enjoy experimenting with textures and colors while still keeping my subject fairly realistic and then contrasting them against an abstract background.
This year I started showing my work and the response has been so encouraging. People seem to really connect with my furry, or feathered, little friends. Although there are so many things I still want to paint, my goal will always be to keep learning, experimenting and enjoying painting.