As a child, I was the quiet one seeking adventure in the tangled woods of the Deep South. I'd hide beneath the ground grazing willows to spy on the other kids, or climb atop a taller tree to observe the action below. Forever needing the deeper story, I sought any "buried treasure" I could unearth. I found pleasure in myth, mystery, exotic cultures and the secret language of nature. It was no surprise that as my college years approached, I favored studies in archaeology, philosophy and earth sciences.
Martha Beck says "the way we do anything is the way we do everything". I believe this is true, for though my vocations have often changed, I am ever the treasure hunter. Today, I'm a painter, rather than working "in the field". I love digging into the colorful layers of paint I've laid down - for that's where the gems are found. I'm also a photographer - I roam wherever the camera leads me. Capturing the tiniest details of nature and our culture through my lens is another gold mine to be explored. The organic forms I catch on film often find their way to my canvas - although I'm not always conscious of that process.
I daydream of painting lush epic gardens, mythic figures and archetypal imagery. This is where my creative desire collides with my skill - I simply cannot yet paint what I envision. Therefore, I'm gifting my artist soul with the necessary time and space for discovery, experimentation and the unfolding of magic. This may take quite a while, as I'm ever frustrated with the lack of "white space" on my calendar pages. I am regularly challenged with too little focus and too many choices. Isn't this true for most of us in this fast culture?
This site is intended to take you with me, Tracie Hanson, on my creative journey. Ever evolving - in real time - probably a bit abstract - pieces and ideas, rather than completed works or pricing will be found here. (Although I do have that should you wish to inquire!)