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  • “Turning a Corner”Turning a Corner

    18x18 Encaustic, oil stick, and glass beads on a cradled wooden board. My studio overlooks a river and so I am always interested how the watery landscape and the color of the river changes sometimes within a few hours. This shows a slow moving area where the river turns a corner and begins to move swiftly after the turn, during long warm summers the grasses grow tall and water lilies grow. This was created with many layers of color, scrapings and then filling in with oil stick, and a hot pen drawings of some of the details, It is very textural.

  • “Emergence”Emergence

    8x8 Encaustic on Canvas board. Sunlight streaming through trees is a favorite subject as I love the spontaneity of light in nature, a wink from the heavens...this was created intuitively at first but then I began to see the trees and the light. Framed in a simple black frame (9x9).

  • “Searching the Horizon”Searching the Horizon

    8x8 Encaustic on canvas board. This seascape uses thin transparent layers of color along with sculpted waves and thick pearl dots as sparkles on the water. framed in a simple black frame. 9x9

  • “Kaleido-Scope#2”Kaleido-Scope#2

    8x10 Encaustic monotype. Molten paint dances on white rice paper swirling as the scope turns-creating unique color mixes and shapes. Matted and framed in black wood (16.5x13.5).

  • “Kaleido-Scope#1”Kaleido-Scope#1

    8x10 Encaustic monotype. Molten paint dances on white rice paper swirling as the scope turns-creating unique color mixes and shapes. Matted and framed in black wood (16.5x13.5)

  • “Incoming/Outgoing”Incoming/Outgoing

    11x14 Encaustic monotype. Another intuitive expression on rice paper -- this one featuring an abstracted view of the sea with thin almost watercolor like bands of color. Dots and checks suggest birds, fish or sparkles (on the water) were created using a hot pen and various pearlescent or metallic encaustic paint. This is matted and framed in black 18x22

  • “Neptune's Solstice”Neptune's Solstice

    This 12x12 oil on wood uses bold thick swathes of paint to suggest a very rough seascape. The cool color palette further suggests a very cold scene like a rough sea during a winter storm. The sky is painted using smooth strokes of transparent layers of color to contrast the movement of the waves.It is framed in a white wooden floater frame.

  • “Sunlit Reflections”Sunlit Reflections

    This 10x10 oil on wood is a representational painting of a sunset reflected on a calm watery surface. It features a mountain landscape and a rocky ledge, with shadows in the foreground suggesting depth. The palette is warm peaches, yellows, and golds with cool pale blue, lavender, grey, and deep blue-grey, and touches of bold black for emphasis. It is framed in a black wooden floater frame.

  • “Beachcomber Beatitude”Beachcomber Beatitude

    11x9 Encaustic Monotype on paper. This monotype features a watercolor like sky and water with thicker "strokes" of white for the waves, and deep green for the seagrasses. This is matted.

  • “Secrets I Keep Under My Hat”Secrets I Keep Under My Hat

    This is an 18x18 Mixed Media piece. It started as an Oil painting, I then added encaustics, fish net, glass beads, and metallic powdered pigments.It is a cradled piece so there is no frame.

  • “Kinetic Beat-Niks”Kinetic Beat-Niks

    10x10 Oil on wood. This painting uses thick color and palette knives to create a Mid-century inspired abstract. The concept is to create a visual abstract of modern jazz, full of movement suggesting a beat. This is framed in a natural wooden floater style frame.

  • “Transcendental Translucency”Transcendental Translucency

    9x12 Encaustic Monotype. An Intuitive expression of movement and color on rice paper, creating a very interesting transparent artwork where light can pass through...It is matted and framed in a black metal frame (19x15)

  • “Kissing the Shore”Kissing the Shore

    Encaustic Monotype. This is an abstracted representation of waves crashing to the shore. This is matted.

  • “Passageway to Enlightenment”Passageway to Enlightenment

    12x12 Mixed Media consisting of encaustics, feathers, beads, metallic butterfly, string, and wire. This represents a portal that opens when we dream oftentimes giving us insights that lead to enlightenment when we awaken. The wire represents the dream that gets through the portal and unlocking it! 3D piece! It is framed in a black wooden floater style frame. 13x13

  • “"Descending From the Light"”

    12x12 Mixed Media/Encaustic This is a collage of various papers, oil, oil pastel, and encaustic paint techniques to create a swirling sweep as a fish descends into the darkest depths. It is framed with a thin black wooden frame (13x13).

  • “"Tide Pools-Windows of the Sea"”

    12x12 Mixed Media/Encaustic on wood. This is a representation of rock formations, shells, aquatic plants and animals just beneath the surface, with bubbles that create a window into the depths. This is framed in a natural wood floater style frame (13x13)

  • “Bloom”Bloom

    8x10 Oil on Wood. Framed in a simple natural wooden frame measuring 9 1/2 x 11 1/2. Abstracted flower-like explosion, representing the exploitation of our environment, creating a baren forground.

  • “Winter Sunspot”Winter Sunspot

    11x14 Oil on Canvas. Framed in a simple natural wood frame measuring 12 1/2x15 1/4. Representation of a small bird, balancing over a winter scene (river) while there are bright sunspots appearing.

  • “Midnight Flight”Midnight Flight

    13x13 Mixed Media/Encaustic Textural study...smooth and rounded forms play on a black background, with a bright moon and a lunar moth as the focus. This is framed in a simple natural wood frame.

  • “Playful Escape”Playful Escape

    8x10 Watercolor on Aquabord. Framed in a simple black wooden frame measuring 9x11. Fish...I love fish! This was a fun experiment in watercolor on an aquabord.

  • “Muddied Waters”Muddied Waters

    8/12x8/12 Encaustic Monotype. Matted and framed in an antiqued wooden frame measuring 16/14x16/14. Abstracted fish and sealife forms, very spontaneous and intuitive.

  • “Tide of Tranquility”Tide of Tranquility

    7.5x7.5 Encaustic Monotype on black paper matted and framed in an antiqued frame (13.75x13.75) This was the first experiment with monotypes on black paper, encaustic paints are very different on black paper vs. white paper.

  • “Twilight Tide”Twilight Tide

    7.5x7.5 Encaustic Monotype on Black Paper matted and framed in an antiqued frame (14.75x14.75) Abstracted setting sun on a rough surf (sunset is behind the viewer). Metalic encaustic paints with bright white and pearlish accents bring out the light reflected on the waves and the water.

  • “Among the Trees”Among the Trees

    8x16 Mixed Media/Encaustic. Framed in a simple black wooden frame. This is a representational study of texture and effects, meant to look like a light fog in the woods.

  • “Into the Water”Into the Water

    12x12 Mixed Media/Encaustic. Water study...effects of waves, and reflections...encaustics are perfect for representing water. This is framed in a wooden burnished gold floater style frame.

  • “Guardian of Lotuses”Guardian of Lotuses

    Mixed Media/Encaustic 12x12. Another like the above...showing the unique aspects of water. This is framed in a wooden burnished gold floater style frame.

  • “Water Feature”Water Feature

    Mixed Media/Encaustic 12x12. Yet another water/Encaustic study...this one showing rocks popping out of the water, along with lili-pad floating on top.This is framed in a wooden burnished gold floater style frame.

  • “Mother Nurture”Mother Nurture

    Mixed Media 12x12. This is my homage to mother nature including natural elements and feathers found on my many nature walks. Framed in a natural wooden floater style frame.

  • “"Storm @ Big Sur"”

    9x12 Watercolor on Yupo (matted and framed 14x18)

  • “"Summer Herbal"”

    9x12 Watercolor on Yupo (matted and framed 14x18)

  • “"Soaring"”

    8x10 Encaustic Montotype (matted and framed 14x18) This intuitive piece suggest a bird soaring above a natural landscape.

  • “"Mid-Century Midtown"”

    8x10 Encaustic Montoype (matted and framed 14x18) This piece suggests the bright neon lights and billboards of a busy commercial street, the color scheme feels Mid-Century as well as the shapes...

  • “"Fusing Abstractions"”

    8x10 Encaustic Montoype (matted and framed 14x18) This is thicker color melted and allowed to "pool' with some fun tools pulled through to create some pattern.

  • “"Did you call me?"”

    10x10 Encaustic on Wood This is one of three underwater seascapes featuring seahorses, octopus, and various sea flora, and an expression of whimsy and surreality with lots of texture. Framed in a black wooden floater style frame.

  • “"Octopus Shimmy "”

    10x10 Encaustic on Wood This underwater seascape features an octopus moving through its underwater garden. It also is an expression of whimsy with lots of transparent layers of color and texture. Framed in a black wooden floater style frame.

  • “"Silent as Night"”

    11x14 Oil and Oil Stick on Canvas This features a barn owl watching its prey. The focus is on the eyes. The rest of the piece is feathery and textured on a blue black background framed in a thick planked dark grey barn wood.

  • “"Man of Thorn"”

    18x20 Oil on Canvas This surreal painting represents the tricks light from the moon can play on the eyes. This "face" only appears when the moon shines a certain way on a grouping of buckthorn bushes that grow along a river bank. it is framed in a silvery wooden floater frame.

  • “"Reach Up"”

    10x10 Oil on Canvas The sun seems to bounce like a ball along the tops of some tall grasses in the Autumn. Framed in a thin wooden frame.

  • “OMG”OMG

    8x8 oil on wood This piece was submitted for my second Swan Day MKE show and expresses my feelings about the 2016 election and how many women were impacted in such a negative way by the newly elected President.

  • “Edge of Light”Edge of Light

    20x24 Oil on Canvas My cousin lives on a farm, and she loves photography. I fell in love with her photograph of a sunset after a storm in a very late winter/early spring landscape. This is my impression of her photograph. She approves! Framed with a thick black wooden frame.

  • “Ice Age Creation”Ice Age Creation

    9x12 Encaustic on Wood This features something iconic about Wisconsin, and our wonder waterways...Framed in natural wooden frame.

  • “Jealous October Sun”Jealous October Sun

    11x14 Encaustic on Wood This is also based loosely from a photograph from another family member. It features the sun shining through the golden/russet leaves of two trees that look as though they are joined together. The Sun is jealous because the leaves are brighter, this is a very textured piece! Framed in a rustic black frame.

  • “Sweet Dreamer”Sweet Dreamer

    Watercolor on Yupo Painting is 5x7 floating in a 12x12 frame

  • “Midsommered”Midsommered

    Watercolor on Yupo Painting is 5x7 floating in a 12x12 frame

  • “Alchemistriss”Alchemistriss

    Watercolor on Yupo painting is roughly 5x7 floating in a frame that is12x12

  • “From Deep Within”From Deep Within

    13x13 Mixed Media/Encaustic. This is a conversation between a Mermaid, and a Swan. The Swan attracts a lot of attention and longs to disappear into the deep. The Mermaid swims deeply and goes unseen, she longs to be noticed and to attract attention. Sadly, they both can not escape.

  • “The Leap of my Life”The Leap of my Life

    8x11 Encaustic /Mixed Media Framed in a "floating"black box

  • “Does this scarf make me look fat?”Does this scarf make me look fat?

    16x20 Oil on Canvas Board This piece is based on a fashion photograph in a fashion magazine and shows an odd angle where the waist and lower torso is very slim but the upper body is large. This is about the way women's bodies are seen by the fashionable in our society.

  • “Wind Dance”Wind Dance

    18x24 Oil on Canvas This is another fashion ad that I enjoyed, this one feels sensuous-- the woman dancing while the thin fabric whips around and defines her body. Framed in a warm grayish wood frame.

  • “Twilight Sea”Twilight Sea

    24x36 Oil on Canvas

  • “Zodiac Vortex”Zodiac Vortex

    24x30 Oil on Canvas

  • “The Guardian Keeps Watch”The Guardian Keeps Watch

    15x30 Oil on Canvas

  • “Still Life with Gargoyle”Still Life with Gargoyle

    18x24 Oil on Canvas

  • “The Woods Echo His Song”The Woods Echo His Song

    16x20 Oil on Canvas

  • “Outa Here”Outa Here

    9x12 Mixed Media/Encaustic.

  • “Wink to Vivaldi”Wink to Vivaldi

    20x24 Oil on Canvas. Surrealistic expression of the 4 seasons with a winking "mother nature" figure in the center.

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Tracy Thomas is a self-taught Artist living in a pastoral setting near Milwaukee Wisconsin. She has a BA in Art History, Criticism, and Conservation. Starting as a child, Tracy was interested in creating with color; you could always find her coloring, painting, or drawing. Her older cousin shared her passion for creating art and would allow Tracy to observe while she composed her paintings, sometimes sharing with the youngster insights and tips. Tracy excelled in art classes in grammar and junior high school, but in high school she was encouraged to leave Art behind. In college, again she was encouraged to take academic classes; she focused on a major in Art History--which opened her up to all kinds of influences. Her favorites include Fauvists, Surrealists, and the American Abstract Expressionists; she became more interested in abstraction and the expression of emotion in art. After graduating college she continued her "hobby" painting in oils and in furthering her education by taking a class or two. She enjoys color and experimenting with a wide range of mediums. Subjects tend to be fashion and beauty, or mythology and nature. She works in oils, watercolor, and now mixed media/encaustic. She is just beginning to exhibit her work.

artist statement

I am driven to create! I enjoy the process…to achieve just the right balance of warm or cool, light or dark. I love watching as the depths within the colors develop! It pushes me forward and makes me feel elated. Whether I am working with oil, watercolor, or encaustic--be it realistic or abstract my goal is a balance between what I see and what I feel. I let the work proceed by intuition.

I create works that speak to me in the moment, themes change with my moods and interests. I have spent a lot of my life working in the fashion industry, and advertising, so I am drawn to themes of beauty, and images of women. Since moving to a pastoral setting, I have begun to work with mythology, and images of nature. Mostly, I work with transparent layers of color creating works that are whimsical and fairytale-like often bordering on the surreal usually with a playful sense of humor.

In 2014 I discovered encaustics! I am fascinated by the limitless possibilities involved with this medium. I use encaustic paint as a transparent glaze of sheer color for layering, building up thin layers of paint, adding visual interest by capturing found objects or other things between the layers to evoke a feel. Often, once the layers have been built up, I will scrape or sculpt into the wax to reveal the depth from underneath. Encaustics provide nuances, and special effects I have only just begun to discover. I am taking my experiments with watercolor and oil painting into this new medium. My goal is to provide the viewer with a sense of wonder.