Tracy Miller Expressions
| 27 July, 2017 15:50
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Art in 1987. For a while, I worked as an art consultant at a high-end gallery in downtown Denver, Colorado. It was called Gallery One. During my time at Gallery One, I really absorbed the business side of the art world. I found working in a gallery to be exhilarating, and I quickly found that selling art came naturally to me. Despite this revelation, it took me until 2011 to open my own gallery. As is all too often the case, life happened. I was so busy being a mom and an independent artist. Other galleries were representing me and my work, and I felt obligated to stay independent and focus on my art.
Finally, with the encouragement of my husband, Roger, I opened my own gallery in Manitou Springs, Colorado, in December of 2011. I decided to focus my gallery on the genre I love most, and the one that appears in most of my own art – contemporary western art. Over the last few years, I’ve found that collectors have found my gallery due to a variety of factors. The artists I showcase are amazing, and they come from a wide variety of places in their careers – some are well established, while some are just starting out. I love finding new, incredible artists to showcase.
Of course, running my own gallery while still focusing on my art can be challenging. But all of the work I do is a labor of love. I love having the freedom to make decisions both about my art and my gallery. I love deciding what to show at the gallery and what to sell, and over time I’ve learned to ride the waves of business and to embrace both the ups and the downs. At the end of the day, all of the work I put in to rep artists and their work is about putting the perfect piece of art in a collector’s home. I love knowing that when I find the perfect piece for a collector that they will love and treasure it. After all, I’m an artist. I get it. The pieces that the artists I rep bestow on me are more than just pieces of art – they’re that artist’s sweat, blood, and tears. They’re hours of work and an emotional journey. I love knowing that I can help them to find a collector who will appreciate all that went into it. Many collectors have now worked with me on finding multiple pieces, which is amazing, and I’m so grateful.