Artful Living - Surround Yourself with the Extraordinary
 
TRACY BUDD
 
"Painting Basics and Beyond" ...My work is a creative evolution of what I see, how I feel, and where I've been.
I am most attracted to strong shapes, and interesting imagery that becomes my vehicle for drawing, pouring, scraping and texturizing in the layers of my acrylic paintings. My love for organic imagery and design keeps me arranging and re-arranging shape, form, color and line until I'm satisfied. I love acrylic paint for it's watercolor-like tendencies and the heavier oil-like texture I can achieve. Deciding my emphasis, editing, and adding to a composition, enables me to express more purely my intent in paint. My goal is to begin with and idea but be open to respond to  the painting as it is progressing, constantly lifting, adding, and participating in the creative moment. The longer I have painted, I have come to realize that painting for me is about building a " sophisticated surface", regardless of the subject matter.  Painting is a language, and it is the means for which I express my feelings about life and the world we live in. It's the most exciting journey with no end!
Education, shows, and Professional Opportunities
I received my BA in studio art from Bridgewater College and took further classes from James Madison University. I founded "For Arts Sake" children's camps when my children were young and also worked as graphic designer.  I have been a faculty member at The Studio School in Roanoke, VA for 17 years, where I teach a layered acrylics class.  I am a former gallery owner of Signature 9 Gallery in Roanoke, VA.  Artists I have studied with include: Carole Barnes, Carrie Brown, George James, Carla O'Connor, Pat Dews, Jan Ledbetter, Mary Todd Beam, John Salminen, Joan Fullerton, and Linda Kemp.
I am a regular participate in local, regional, and national watermedia shows.  I'm a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, Central Virginia Watercolor Society and have won awards and participated in national shows such as: San Diego Watercolor Society,  Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Show, and Baltimore Watercolor Society.