Hi, I’m Tracy, and I live in Denver, Colorado, USA with my two four-legged roomies. Raised in the Midwest, avid Brewers/Rockies/Packers fan, and known to hike up in the mountains and foothills twice a week.
I say I’ve been an artist all my life, though not in the traditional definitive “financially supporting myself” kind of way. For so long I said I was doing my art “when things aren’t so crazy”, “on the side”, “when I have time”, and so on. I’d do an occasional commission piece for family or friends. Although I wasn’t doing all that much, in my mind I was imagining creating. All the time. One of my favorite quotes is by author David Allen, “There is usually an inverse proportion between how much something is on your mind and how much is getting done.” The more I was thinking about it, the less I was actually doing.
I was in my tenth year of teaching and fast approaching my 40th birthday when it struck me with quite a thunk that I needed to make a change. Although I wouldn’t say I was unhappy teaching, I wasn’t all that excited about it either. I had six different job titles in all of ten years. I must have been so thrilled about the education career track I was on, I even went to school to become a massage therapist while I was teaching. For me, teaching was a job. Not too demanding and content with a paycheck. I had to (as Nanny would say) “shit or get off of the pot”. I loved creating, but instead of just talking the talk saying, “Oh, I’d love to be an artist”, I needed to walk the walk.
So in 2001 I left the dependable job to start my committed art career and continue to build my massage practice. Because the massage pays a little more immediately than the art, that business has grown faster than the art. However, what I bought for myself is more flexibility in time. I needed (and still need) time in the studio to explore my obsession and allow both my work and I to grow.
Here I am years later, and I still feel like I’ve only begun. My work is challenging, changing and most likely, hopefully, always will. And I’m still here on-line!
Because this is all about connections, I welcome your comments, concerns, questions, quips and quotes after each or any of the posts on this blog. Thank you!!
“The most demanding part of living a lifetime as an artist is the strict discipline of forcing oneself to work steadfastly along the nerve of one’s own intimate sensitivity.” –Anne Truitt, artist
Tracy’s Mugshot (Self Portrait #3)
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