tracy kay felix biography
About the artist: I am from Indiana & the 60’s. I have always painted and made art. I was trained in a traditional manner growing up - through private art lessons using oil, and all the high school and pre-college classes I could find. Studied watercolor at college – learned to paint with flow and sense of immediacy.
- Attended the American Academy of Art, Chicago, earned a degree in graphic design and advertising in 1982.
- Worked in Chicago ad agencies, then design firms in Los Angeles. Discovered I liked being self employed better, so started my own design firm, then a gallery, now have an art store called ARTspot in Edmonds Washington!
- As a painter, I work mainly with acrylic – I combine both oil and watercolor techniques. The past two years find me adding in Resins, Encaustics, and large scale Oil Painting. The experimentation keeps me interested and my work moving forward.
About the work: Even non-representational art should give a reassuring sense of purpose. Paintings need to be about something. I feel strongly that creating a feeling of depth is important – both visual and of meaning. My paintings are built in layers. Literally there are layers of color, texture, images and mixed media when it supports my concept. But also layers to the imagery. They can be viewed literally or symbolic of larger ideas.
I am an experimental painter. I love to find new and unusual ways to make my paintings unique. Acrylic is my choice of media. It allows me to paint in both water media techniques as well as traditional oil painting approaches. It allows mixed media to be incorporated. It is the truly modern technology for today’s painters – I feel it is the perfect material for experimentation. For me, cutting edge is creating new ways to assemble the visual.