TRACY BURTON

Visual Artist

My work reflects the passion I have for western culture and history. It also considers our ties to the past, and the thread that links us to the earth, other living things and each other. I find inspiration in cave art, ledger art and all Native American art forms, along with various other artifacts. I am influenced by vintage documents, primitive songs and music, and places of historical significance, as well as turn of the century artists and photographers and a number of contemporary artists. And of course, nature.

Having spent a number of years focused on photography, I am excited that my creative journey has led me back to paint - my earliest artistic endeavour - and exploration into marrying these two kinds of art as a form of expression. Layering elements of collage such as old text and images, and/or my own photography can add depth to a painting, and to a story. Embellishments of leather, feathers and other objects may be added as well.

Some works show subject matter with playfulness and pleasure in their colour and design. Others have been sparked by historic events that I am driven to understand, reconcile or accept. During the creative process I am open to change, trusting of intuition; I am no longer surprised when the canvas begins to direct me.

Much of my art imparts a feeling of nostalgia and lets the viewer interpret the story as it speaks to them. Whether I'm conjuring the ghosts of a Crow battlefield, ancient bison on the plains, or a hauntingly beautiful stand of pines, I experience a feeling of consciousness and timelessness. Through my work, I hope to offer others a moment to reflect and reconnect, and to be moved by the universal heart that we all share.

PHOTOGRAPHIC GICLEES - 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.

ORIGINALS are priced individually.

ART CARDS are available at western stores and gift shops ...or through me directly. Unframed work and shipping are also available. Please contact me for more details, I would love to hear from you.

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