Artist Statement

Tracy Richardson

American Painter & Sculptor

Tracy is a Los Angeles based, self taught painter with studio hours in ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and welding. Interested in art from a young age, early influences included Peter Max, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Rothko, sculptor Louise Nevelson.

In the late 1980’s she enrolled in a sculpture class where she fell in love with the mental, physical and spiritual process of creating art on a larger scale. In her piece, “Dream Catcher” (1992), the process of using fire to burn the wood was a beginning of letting the art have a life of its own by introducing natural elements and destruction being part of the artistic process.

During the pandemic, the artist began a series based on deconstructing her own artwork, a subconscious way to rebuild a new life, using found objects around her neighborhood to recreate and reimagine along with her own. Pandemic-era success came in the form of being featured in an online art show with ACCA Gallery in addition to sales through her website.

In 2022, Tracy sparked an interest in aerial drone photography and decided to get her FAA license to fly drones. It was then in 2023 when the artist began using her drone as an extension of herself as the painter. She modified her paint brushes and attaches  them to the drone and flies them over the canvas to make large abstract paintings via remote control. In the new series of Plein Aerial Abstracts, using large outdoor spaces to create larger paintings with the materials at hand , (panels of 18x24 Sax heavy weight paper and acrylic paint). Letting the drone hover above the panels, touching the panels lightly, letting the wind push the brushes, inviting the intermittent breezes are all parts of this creative process, integrating earth, air and water. It is also in the interest of the artist for the viewer to experience the perspective from the paint brush, allowing for a more immersive experience of the process. While the second drone is in the air documenting, this a helpful tool in explaining the process of Plein Aerial Abstract painting, while providing another perspective.


There is a meditative quality in the process of creating the Plein Aerial Abstracts - observing the finished  piece is like looking at the way the wind was blowing that day, a  playful, random, chaotic quality of capturing the movement of air, in that moment of space in time. Combining passions, drones, painting and natures energy, to the artist it is a beautiful experience to be a part of and share. 

Education
University of California at Los Angeles - BA Anthropology 2004-2006
Santa Monica College - Associates Liberal Arts - Santa Monica, CA 2002-2004
Glassel School of Art - Welding Scholarship - Houston, TX 1993-1994

Houston Community College - Fine Arts - Houston, Texas 1989-1993

Articles 

2023 - https://canvasrebel.com/meet-tracy-richardson

2020 - https://shoutoutla.com/meet-tracy-richardson-painter-sculptor

Art Shows
1991 - West Gray Gallery, Houston, TX
1992 - Downtown Grounds, Houston, TX
              Menil Bookstore, Houston, TX
              Texas Art Supply, Houston, TX
              "Hair Ball" - Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
1997 - Schupe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
 2001 - Art Share Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2020 - ACCA Gallery Online Show, Beverly Hills, CA

Music Video
Art Director/Story Creator "Love Me So Much"
https://youtu.be/13ayepcxUh8


Pond 5 - https://www.pond5.com?ref=TracyRStudio
Youtube -https://www.youtube.com/@tracyrstudio

“Deconstructed 6x16"

 Artist with “Deconstructed 6x16”before assemblage.

“Dream Catcher"

Artist with her piece “Dream Catcher”, 1992, mixed media