Tracy Burton - Images of the West
As a child I was captivated by my grandmother's photography of growing up in a remote mining town near Jasper, Alberta. I was amazed at how her snapshots forever captured a time and a place. Perhaps that is when my passion for the West began. I love the West. I love its history, lifestyle, traditions and the beauty of its wild places. And I love the art it has inspired - from Remington to Terpning.
My creative journey has led me to explore photography. The artist in me is compelled to compose in a painterly style and the camera is only a tool to try to capture the essence of what I see. Digital technology provides the freedom to experiment with various effects, creating artwork that is further enhanced by its reproduction on canvas. An interest in more tactile elements has encouraged me to add embellishments of paint, leather, feathers and other objects to some of my recent works.
Much of my art has an element of nostalgia and lets the viewer interpret the story as it speaks to them. Whether I'm conjuring the ghosts of an old homestead, ancient bison on the plains, a hauntingly beautiful stand of pines, or a Blackfoot horse patiently waiting for his warrior to return, I experience a feeling of consciousness and timelessness. Through my work, I wish to offer viewers a moment to reflect and reconnect, and to be moved by the universal heart that we all share.
Photographic giclées - signed and numbered limited editions begin at $750 for a professionally framed 18x24 inch image (frame and liner will add about 10" to total dimensions). All giclées are expertly produced using archival ink on acid-free canvas and finished with a lustrous UV coating.
Unframed work and shipping are also available. Please contact me for more details, I would love to hear from you.
Originals - described and priced below.
The Native American war horse was highly regarded by its owner, who often honored and protected him by painting tribal symbols upon the animal's body. These symbols would indicate enemies killed, ponies stolen or perhaps the nature of the dangerous work which the horse would be asked to do. The symbols often told of the courageous heart of the horse and even of the horse's affection for the warrior who rode him into battle. This palomino paint horse was given a circle around his eye for alert vision, while feathers braided in his mane counted coup.
Photographic giclee with acrylic paint, framed 40" x 40" $2400. Sold (I am working on another large piece in this series.)
The Shaman or Medicine Man was one of the most valued and influential members of the tribe, second only to the Chief. He was also the people's the link to the spirit world. This Shaman's horse wears a feather bundle in his forelock for protection.
Photographic giclee with acrylic paint, feathers, bison fur, leather, bear claw, turquoise and beads. Gallery wrapped 20" x 16" $600.
"Into the Sun"
A handsome sorrel gelding gallops into the sunlight on a winter's day.
Acrylic paint on masonite with resin gloss finish. Framed 19" x 15" $450.
A western icon, bison have been depicted by man ever since he picked up a piece of charcoal and began to draw on cave walls. In early black and white photos, color was added by hand tinting. "Bison" has a similar nostalgic mood while incorporating a contemporary edge, as well. Bison roamed freely until the late 1800's. A wild population of Wood Bison still exists in and around Wood Bison National Park and in the Hay Zama region of northern Alberta.
"The whol face of the country was covered with herds of buffaloe, elk and antelopes...they are so gentle that we pass near them without appearing to excite alarm among them.'' - Meriwether Lewis, 1805
Photographic giclee with acrylic paint and resin, each one unique.
Gallery wrapped 20 x 15 $495 Sold
Framed 34 x 28 $1150.
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