My recent abstract paintings explore a spectrum of emotions using the colors and forms of landscapes and nature. Some paintings start with a physical landscape that I have a memory of. I use colors and forms that made an impression on me while walking, driving, or looking out of an airplane window, and then simplify and abstract them to communicate the emotional as well as physical essence of the experience. Other works take shape through the process of painting. In these, I let intuition, accident, and exploration drive the process until an emotion and sense of place emerges. In either case my intention is to create and share a journey of renewal and discovery inspired by the beauty of the natural world. On occasion I will also paint a more realistic still life or landscape, as an opportunity to rest from the rigors and soul searching that abstraction seems to require. In these works, I simply enjoy what is.
Tracey Luckner was born and raised in Washington State and currently lives in Summit, New Jersey. She studied art at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington, and has a B.A. in Art History from Pomona College in Claremont, California. Her time at Pomona included a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris. After graduating from Pomona, Tracey illustrated "Downtown Los Angeles, a Walking Guide" including the cover and nine additional paintings. Tracey has studied art at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit, New Jersey since 2002, and privately with contemporary artist Bascha Mon since 2009. Tracey had her first solo show in 2012 at the Port Washington Library in Port Washington, NY, titled "A Sense of Place." Tracey also began showing with the Contemporary Art Group at various venues in 2012 and currently serves on the board of the Contemporary Art Group. She is also a member of the Watchung, NJ Arts Center, the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, and the Artimesia art critique group. Tracey's work is featured in private collections throughout the United States.