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. where she witnessed first-hand the effects of industry on the environment. These countless hours outdoors have deepened her connection to the land.
Tracy enjoys mountainbiking out her back door, backpacking in the summer, gardening and reading. The many places she has visited, as well her interest in stories and history, have inspired the colourful imaginary scenes she creates – the basis of her unique style.
Tracy’s giclees, cards and originals are exhibited in many gift shops, galleries, and venues across Vancouver Island. As well, she participates in a variety of local events such as Nautical Days or the Central Island Studio Tour. Community is a central theme of her work: she often donates pieces to support local causes such as the Cumberland Community Forest, Habitat for Humanity or YANA (You Are Not Alone). Tracy has also been writing a monthly newsletter about her artistic process for over ten years.
In my acrylic paintings I explore the powerful imagery of the West Coast and reflect on how these surroundings, in combination with life experiences, shape who I am. Using vibrant colour and simplified forms I invent scenes based on the many places I have visited. These paintings speak about many aspects of life’s journey which for me include: community, comfort and loss, happiness or the tension between human endeavor and the natural environment. During the process of creating, I often find a story naturally unfolding through my work.
Photos: Jenn Dykstra of Open Image Photography