Tracy Kobus lives in Courtenay, B.C., Canada, where she works out of her home studio near the Puntledge River. Tracy was born in Barrie, Ontario in 1970 – her parents migrated to Comox, B.C. in 1976 where Tracy grew up on the waterfront at Point Holmes.

After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UBC in 1993 Tracy has worked as a professional artist participating in solo and group exhibitions as well as artist residencies across the province. Tracy has travelled extensively; including trips to Europe and the Middle East. She also spent several seasons treeplanting in various remote corners of B.C. witnessing first-hand the effects of industry on the environment which heightened her awareness of our need to protect it.

Tracy’s giclees, cards and originals are exhibited in many gift shops, galleries, and venues across Vancouver Island. As well, she participates in local events such as Central Island Studio Tour or Art in the Vines (fundraiser for the Transition Society) and often donates pieces to support local causes such as Habitat for Humanity or YANA (You Are Not Alone).  She enjoys mountainbiking out her back door, snowboarding, backpacking in the summer, gardening and reading.  Tracy also writes a blog where she further reflects on her artistic process and shares her connection to the outdoors.

Photos by: Jenn Dykstra Photography

Artist Statement

I am fascinated by the interrelationship of humans and the natural world and believe that the landscape can serve as a powerful metaphor for aspects of our life’s journey.

My paintings are loosely referenced from photographs and sketches of places I have explored, mostly in my local environment, Vancouver Island.  Whether it’s a blue lake beckoning for a paddle, a mountain bike ride through a dark forest, or a living room set outside in the mountains, I create dynamic and accessible scenes that cause the viewer to consider how nature and our inner worlds are connected.


Mountainbike photo:  Sara Kempner Photography