Tracy Budd paints her “life” in her watermedia and mixed media paintings. Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, Tracy’s attraction to the landscape and people and places around her, dominated her artwork. Her painting is a vehicle in which to portray her feelings about her subject. Painting is a language that she finds fascinating, and her goal is to engage the viewer and make them feel the way she does about a subject, using color, shape, value, texture and PAINT!
“It’s not what I paint… It’s how I paint it.“
“I’ve come to realize that the reason I paint is to build surface… It’s all about the layers and texture.“
Tracy teaches layered acrylics in Roanoke, Virginia at The Studio School. Never planning to teach after art school, she is amazed how rewarding teaching can be. She teaches the problem solving skills that all artists use when they paint, a very concrete methodical way to work through a painting, along side the “being in the moment” aspect that is required to respond to what is happening in the painting and the creative process. She finds it an exhilarating experience!
“Painting is about making the viewer feel something and the best paintings come from somewhere deep inside…“