My work explores North Norfolk, my childhood home and where I enjoy living today. I spend a lot of my time walking along the coastline with my sketchbook observing and drawing. It is a place where I feel a connection, a sense of presence. I then reflect on the studies once back at my studio surrounded by views of undulating countryside set in the Holy valley of Walsingham.
Painting to capture the beauty of Creation along the North Norfolk coast, with its creeks, skies and expansive beaches, has become, for me, an exciting spiritual journey on canvas. I enjoy painting in a free semi-abstract style using acrylics and mixed media, layering the painting and scratching back to reveal the mystery of process.
The horizon is my focal point and my sketchbooks give insight into how I work as an artist; rapidly drawing my feelings of a place through mark making is key to recalling all the energy I sense when sketching the fleeting and ethereal light. Often on these coastal walks, my passion for the work grows, not only in an emotional response but also a spiritual one, sensing the joy of my Creator. Capturing the seasonal elements along the coast always delights me; the fiery hues of a blazing sunset, the misty sea frets together with the clarity of light on a bright breezy day. They all seem to come alive, conveying an intense visual experience which speaks to my heart expressing the colour and thanksgiving that I feel as an artist.
Tracey Ross studied textile design and went on to complete a Visual Studies degree at Norwich University of the Arts. She is a member of the Norwich 20 Group and regularly participates in the annual Norfolk Open Studios. Tracey was shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition, was a finalist for the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) 2016 and the Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) at the Mall Galleries 2016/2017. Her work is held in private collections both in the UK and abroad.