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Debbie Tracey Olympia Artist

Debbie Tracey

Fine Art, Textiles

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Debbie is a retired elementary teacher who taught in the Northwest and grew up on the island of Kauai. During her teaching years, she learned the value of what art can contribute to people from different cultures and life experiences. She has always appreciated different art forms and has experimented with many from watercolor to ceramics. She has now come to enjoy the beauty of fluid acrylic art. With acrylic paint, mediums, palette knives, and brushes, she has discovered a new passion in life.

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Artists Statement

My art is inspired by many of life experiences and those I am still to have. I am stimulated by the variety of colors and see now that bright bold color brings me joy. I love the fluid movement of my work which becomes a "dance" with the canvas. I am always excited to see the end product of my painting. Many paintings become an association with island life. When I begin a painting, I have no preconceived idea of what image will appear on my canvas as this develops through the process of flow, pallet knives, and brushes. I create my signature style layering colors using a variety of tools.


I work with my canvas setting flat on a table so I can view it from all angles. The painting evolves with new colors or layers added to the canvas. I create artwork that grabs the viewer from across the room with its bright bold colors. Each painting is open to the viewer's introspection. The end result always creates an emotion of surprise and delight. People that see my art are moved by the fluid nature of my piece and bright colors. Many say it brightens their lives and home and often takes them back to the islands.


About Debbie

Debbie Tracey is an independent artist working with acrylic paint and mediums. Having grown up on Kauai, she pulls many of her ideas from experiences and beauty of the islands. Her studio is on the Puget Sound in Olympia, Washington, Tracey finds inspiration in her island upbringing. The vibrancy of island life works its way into each of her abstracts. “My joy comes from bold color!” Tracey explains. “I also love the fluid movement of my work, which becomes a ‘dance’ with my creative soul.” This fluidity comes from her loose painting process, which involves pouring paint onto the canvas, moving and sculpting it with a pallet knife, and adding layers. Her combined use of color and texture creates a unique flow that evokes the natural beauty of Kauai.


While she doesn’t always start with a particular subject in mind, many of Tracey’s paintings morph into abstract depictions of nature. “Each painting is an experiment with color and movement, which creates a unique and dynamic piece,” she says. “I usually start with choosing colors and go from there, mixing and moving them around the canvas. I work with my canvas laying flat on a table so I can view it from many angles. The painting evolves with new colors or layers added to the canvas.” Some of Tracey’s major artistic influences include Bette Ridgway and Caliche and Pao. She notes that “their color pallets greatly influenced my choices of color. Bright, wild, and exciting!” Viewers and collectors often comment that Tracey’s lively abstracts bring a smile to their face and joy to their home. Many have felt refreshed by the presence of island life and warmth in her paintings. Debbie is a member of Society of Washington Artists, Mosaic Arts Alliance, ISEA, Puget Sound NW, and The Artists’ Gallery.

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