Artist Tracy Adams
About Tracy Adams
I love process, especially when it comes to working on collages, monotypes or paintings. I've been drawing, painting and printmaking for over 30 years, working in different media, yet a common thread flows between the marks and gestures of all my finished pieces. My influences are geometry with respect to structures like music and science (nature). I am fascinated how seamless this visual history consistently appears despite the years that have passed. Things that inspire me are the central coast of California where I live with tangled piles of kelp and distressed tree limbs plus my lifelong interest and study of music. My current focus and body of work is collage that involves fragments of discarded intaglio prints, encaustic monotypes and drawings. Sometimes the collages are mounted on panel with additional painted imagery, sometimes they are mounted on paper. The result is never ending hours of challenge, problem solving and fun as I attempt to make visual sense of these puzzle-like fragments, each with a different configuration yet sharing many elements with the pieces that have gone before them.
Tracey Adams has been an exhibiting artist for over 34 years, both as a printmaker and painter. She has participated in over 150 solo and group exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including solo shows at the Fresno Art Museum, Monterey Museum of Art, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and Andy Warhol Museum in the Slovak Republic. Her paintings are in the collections of the Crocker Museum, Monterey Museum of Art, Fresno Art Museum, Tucson Art Museum and Santa Barbara Museum of Art to name a few. Her work was included in Encaustic Art: the Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax, Lissa Rankin, Watson-Gupthill, 2010, and Paper + Wax, Techniques in Handmade Paper and Encaustic, Michelle Belto, North Light Books, 2012. She maintains a studio in northern California.