About me....

About me...

I am an artist... 
finally I can say that without snorting and feeling like a complete ego maniac
or thinking that people will snigger and say I am deluded  
am finally, in my glorious middle age, able to declare what I have always been
 a shout it from the hilltop, proud to do a job that I love, give it a capital letter baby

    I used to be an art teacher and have degrees and diplomas coming out of my ears
I even have a Masters degree majoring in Creativity Theory 
and I use none of them
they are just pretty bits of paper on the wall
not that I would give them back
I worked hard for them and I am the sum of my experiences and all that
just not a teacher anymore

I am from Wynnum which is a bay side suburb in Queensland
 and live not far from the house I grew up in 
though we took a rather long road to find ourselves back here
I lived on the Sunshine Coast  for a couple of years 
when I started work as an art teacher after I finished college
and after getting married we travelled extensively through Asia and here at home for 5 years, and lived In Florida for four years before we settled back where we started
never would have picked that it would turn out this way
but it has been lots of fun

  I love to paint and draw what is around me
 I used to go in for all the art school rubbish 
that involved many gut wrenching hours worrying about 
image development and exploration of themes 
but one day I let go of all that and started looking around me to find inspiration, 
and from that moment on my creative life finally made sense 
turns out I am happiest exploring my world 
and not worrying or thinking about it too much

 I am hopeless, and I mean hopeless, at any sort of wilde woman, inner goddess type thing
 I really like that other people can delve inside 
and get in touch with things like that, and I have tried, 
but I suspect that my Inner Goddess and Divine Muse 
spend most nights out on the town together trashing me and picking up boys, 
and spend their days sleeping off hangovers of monumental proportions 
consequently they are better left to their own devices
I happily accept my shallow pool ness 
and while I am sure I have depths that could be plumbed
having too much fun doing just what I am doing to bother

  I love my studio
it is tucked at the back of the house and overlooks the pool
and garden and is simply my favourite place in the house
it is close enough to the action that I don't miss the fun of family life
but I can also hide from the madness
which seems to be the default setting for my beloveds

Talking about beloveds
I love to use Micron pens, 
Watercolours, Golden Acrylics, 
hot pressed watercolour paper or any smooth paper
but my most valued tool, the thing I can't create without is
buckets and buckets of tea
 it runs through my veins, invades my work, 
and helps fix anything that is wrong in my world...

    And last but not least I love the blogger world 
through blogging I have found this magnificent group of people
 who understand, inspire, and support me in the most heart warming ways
 they laugh with me, not at me
okay sometimes they laugh at me!  
but they also share their lives and creativity with me, 
they encourage me and understand what I love to do, 
and they even buy my work which is insanely humbling and exciting
 every single time it happens...  


Kim Rempel said...

Your "About Me" is wonderful. I feel a kindred spirit : )

suzanneberry said...

i'm hooked!

Darlene Cunnup Photography said...

hello - i am visiting from the Liberate your art postcard swap blog hop
love your art on the about page and also a peak into your studio

JKW said...

New Florida follower. Can't believe you don't have squirrels there. Blessings, Janet (PPF)

Annie Pazoo said...

I raise a tea cup to you, Tracey. Love the story of your journey, and I really love your artwork. Cheers! Annie

Sue J said...

You're my kind of people, and now you're going on my blog list.

Unknown said...

So happy to have found you! Looking forward to following your journey.

Unknown said...

So happy to have found you! Looking forward to following your journey.

Cindy Adkins said...

I just read your "about me" page. It made me smile and nod in agreement...I think we're kindred spirits! I'm having a giveaway on my blog and would love for you to throw your hat in the ring. I'm also showing off the print I got from you!
Hugs, Cindy

Unknown said...

You have a lovely blog Tracey. As soon as I saw that beautiful header, I had to stay. Your about me section is so easy to relate to.
Great artwork and I am happy that I visited!


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Jess said...

I'm so happy to have found your blog. :) I look forward to becoming a new follower.xx

Cynthia Patterson said...

LOL...what a riot....I love your "about me" page....luv it.



K.M.Myers said...

You, my dear...are divine :)

Zion Mountain Studio said...

It is always so inspiring to find kindred spirits out there! Love your blog!

Penny Lee StewArt said...

Thank you for your wonderful bio and letting us look into your artistic life! I feel connected somehow. You are a wonderful illustrator and artist!

Kim said...

We could be good friends, I think! Looking forward to exploring your blog and beautiful art. Cheers!

Melody said...

So comforting to have found you and know that you too, somewhere in the day, are having several spots of tea and splashes of paint.

Unknown said...

I so get what you mean about not getting the wild woman/ inner Goddess and all that stuff! I can be wild and crazy with colour and very laid back - but I just can't enter that kind of world! My inspiration comes form my travels and what I see about me....just reality!

Unknown said...

Your "About Me" was just delightful! I am so looking forward to following your blog and getting to know you and your work better! I look for my "Cup of Tea" every day at ICAD and now on your blog!

Unknown said...

It was great reading about you Tracey. I love hearing where and what their art background is. I really hope that one day I can call myself an artist. I love your art!

Unknown said...

I loved reading this Tracey and love your art. I hope that one day I can say I'm an artist.

Patricia said...

Just read your "About Me"...LOVED IT!!! I am an art teacher as well...but right now trying to find my own voice through my art! :) You are such an inspiration! Can't wait to see your next mug on ICAD!

Martha said...

Trace, what an enjoyable, "About Me", read. I love your creativity & your sense of humor. Your BEAUTIFUL icad creations brought me here. I always look forward to seeing your beautiful works-of-art. Thanks!

Carmen said...

This is the first time I read this bit. I love it :) And so glad I'm not the only one with a missing inner goddess - I think mine stopped evolving at grunge monster and I'm pretty happy at that ;)

Darnell said...

I came here from Vonny's post to leave you some love and cyber hugs, Tracey. I'm happy to see you are getting lots of it on your home page. I love your art so I wanted to know more about you and so enjoyed this page. Why do I feel like I know your name?

I'm so sorry you have the dreaded cancer. I haven't had it myself, other than melanoma which just, bam, got cut out, but I have been through BC with other friends. It is a long shitty journey, but all five of my friends made it through one yucky step at a time and they are all doing great.

You are fun, practical, artistic, and a survivor. You have a mountain of support under you, helping you stay aloft. You're in my prayers and I send you positive encouraging vibes from afar.

Draw and write. You'll be doing the universe a favor if you can manage it. I'd buy a book of your musings and your art. Think of that.

Gentle hugs, Darnell

fairy thoughts said...

Hi tracey
I love your about me it is the most honest and interesting I have read, you can truly call yourself an Artist.
janet your newest follower from WOYWW

Unknown said...

You are an excellent writer too!

Lisa Richards said...

Glad to have found your blog...again! I remember your zany sense of humor from stumbling across your blog a while back. Now I'd better add you to my blog list so I don't lose you again! Love your art and your humor. Delightful, both!

Renee said...

I enjoyed reading your "about me" so much. I am amazed that you ever felt hesitant about calling yourself an artist. Your work is beautiful.

Unknown said...

Just found your blog and excited to have a look around - what a wonderful 'about' page, you make it look so easy - been trying to write mine for ages and its a tough task!

Veronica Roth said...

Hello Tracey, I've been hopping around and landed on your blog...no idea from where, but I'm so glad I'm here. I also paint, draw, sketch...do silly things, so it's lovely for me to meet another kindred spirit. I'm off now to read thru some of your posts. :D x

Unknown said...

Hi Tracey! I've followed you for a long while now -- not sure where the crossover first began but I loved seeing your name pop up in different groups and classes I end up in. For some reason today, I finally read your About Me on the Blog. It is fabulous. You have a great voice and it was so fun to read! Can't wait to see what else you get up to, as you seem to really be picking up steam lately! Best wishes, and just a note that I love your style, colours, subjects, and now your writing too!