Hi, I’m Tracie, an artist based in the south east of England. I work with most mediums, from pencils and paint to ball point pens and cameras. I’m really interested in combining different media and produce a variety of bold and quirky work.
I studied at Fine Art, Photography and Art & Design at the Mid Sussex College and “ummed” and “ahhed” about studying for a degree. In the end I decided I couldn’t justify the huge debt it would saddle me with, just for a certificate and some letters to prove that I’m handy with a paintbrush. Instead, I got a day job and did the usual grind that most people do. I spent some time obtaining professional qualifications for said day job and continued to dabble in the creative arts.
It wasn’t until a few years ago with my Nan passing away that gave me the kick up the backside to put the effort in and devote my time to art again. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed it! I joined a local art group and started exhibiting twice yearly, selling the majority of my work each time, a real confidence boost!
On the photography side – I’ve not been without a camera since my dad gave me my first SLR; a Praktica MTL5B many moons ago (note there’s no D in front of the SLR – that’s right kids, this was in the days of film, before sensors, before LCD screens, before auto pretty-much-everything). I purchased my first DSLR in 2009 – a Nikon D90 – a lovely little camera that has survived much use and the one occasion I dropped it on the driveway! Yes I cried, but on the plus side I now know where my nearest repair centre is!
in 2013 I made the upgrade to a full frame DSLR in the form of a Nikon D800. An amazing bit of kit that I’m really enjoying using. The image quality is superb and you can blow photos up to a huge size before any loss of quality. I haven’t lost my love of film camera’s though and have a small collection of eight ranging from the 1920’s to last year.
I studied with the Photography Institute for a diploma in professional photography and continue to learn, currently brushing up my post production skills through a Photoshop Artistry course. I still consider going back and getting that degree – though it will probably mean a decade of part time study!
In 2015 I was invited to join the Association of Sussex Artists and exhibit with them on an annual basis. I’m also a committee member and created their website for them (most recent addition to the list of skills). I’m an active member in many groups and forums as I believe knowledge is a gift to be passed onto others. The internet really is a fantastic thing – there are so many wonderful people out there who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise and take joy in seeing you succeed. It’s our responsibility to reciprocate and pay it forward.
When I’m not out and about shooting everything that moves and many things that don’t, or up to my elbows in paint then I can usually be found cooking something up in the kitchen, curled up somewhere reading a book, camping in the splitty and generally enjoying life with family and friends.
But enough about me. I hope you enjoy having a browse around the website, please feel free to leave comments or get in touch through social media (buttons at the top) or use the contact form below. It’ll make my day! :)