Tracy Miller Expressions
| 15 November, 2017 16:30
I was honored to be featured in VisitCOS’s video! It was so much fun to work with the crew – and I always love showing my process.
I’m always inspired to use bright colors, but for this painting in particular I wanted to be mindful of the camera and to make sure that the work “popped” in the video.
I think it’s incredibly important for artists to showcase their work and their process. It’s a way that we can communicate not only the value of what we do, but how different artists work in different ways. It’s also a good way to appeal to your audience, and to inspire people. Seeing something created from scratch, from start to finish, is always exciting.
For people who may not be artistically inclined, it’s also a way to showcase what you do and how you do it – rather than have them appraise a piece without fully understanding the work, time, and passion that you poured into it.
Check out the video here!
| 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.
| 27 June, 2013 14:57
I just returned from a really fun trip up to Jackson, Wyoming to participate in the 2nd Annual Plein Air Fest to benefit the National Museum of Wildlife Art. I met so many amazingly talented and well known artists, it was a real honor to paint beside them. Here I am standing next to a life size sculpture of a moose by Sandy Scott that I used for my inspiration. Artists set up all over the sculpture trail and many painted the gorgeous landscape surrounding the museum as well painting animals like I did. When we were finished (after a 4 hour time limit) the paintings were put up for silent auction, and let me tell you, it's a great way to buy originals by established and emerging artists and get to meet them too! My painting sold to a local collector, very exciting! I hope I'll get invited back next year. My family trailed along on this trip and we took advantage of nearby Yellowstone National Park, where I was lucky enough to take some great photos of wildlife for future paintings. If you've never been, schedule a visit up there!
| 04 June, 2013 11:13
It's been months in the planning and execution, but Coni Grant and I are so proud of the work we've created for Phantom Canyon Brewery and Restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs. This show will be up for June and July. See our largest and most colorful paintings yet as you hoist a cold one and enjoy the restaurant's excellent cuisine. Coni has been my cohort this spring in Creede at the quick draw paint out and she will also be my featured artist at 3rd Friday ART Walk in Manitou at the Gallery. She will demo a painting that evening, so stop on in and meet her! Then on Saturday June 22nd, Coni will be teaching a one day workshop hosted by my neighbor gallery, Fare Bella. To sign up, contact me through the website. I will be in Jackson that weekend to participate in another quick draw at the National Museum of Wildlife Art! Watch for a future posting on that event and the painting I create for it. Hope your summer is off to a great start!
| 12 April, 2013 16:31
On April 11th I hosted Author and Art Coach Alyson Stanfield down here in Colorado Springs for an informal question and answer session over at Deb Komitor's wonderful studio in the Midland School building. It was great to get together a talented and diverse group of artists and put them together with Alyson, who has written "I'd Rather Be in the Studio" the no excuses guide to marketing your art. Alyson is no nonsense, doesn't want to hear excuses or whining! It was informative, thought provoking and fun! I highly recommend her book and check out her websites www.artbizcoach.com and www.artbizblog.com Here's a pic of her and me in my gallery!
| 03 April, 2013 15:17
I've been making a real effort these past couple of years to get juried into and participate in some of the bigger shows out here in the west. As with anything else, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. This was a winning show for me! I had sales and got to participate in the quickdraw! (Thank you Lindsey Bittner Graham for the encouragement) I'm pictured here at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum Western Spirit Show on March 2nd right after the quickdraw (I had only 30 minutes, yikes!) What fun it was to participate! I came up from the Springs, spent 2 nights, attended the mixer Friday evening, went to the artists symposium all day Saturday and finally opening night later that evening. Long day but really worth it. At the symposium I watched Brandon Bailey start a painting and talk about light and shadows, and heard lectures on the state of contemporary western art from 3 influential women, Rose Frederick, Nikki Todd and Mindy Beshaw. It was all very enlightening and informative. I met some really nice folks up there and I look forward to participating again! Watch for more posts on this subject as the year unfolds as I've been accepted to 2 more shows!
| 13 March, 2013 18:16
Last in my current series of writing about commissions is the most recent one pictured here. It's titled "Ready to Play" and is of a young and spirited foal. The collector had recently purchased 2 of my horse paintings, Tobiano and Paso Fino. After receiving those and hanging them on her wall, she decided that they needed to be a family and she gave me a call with her idea. Young horses are always a lot of fun to paint. They have a mischievious look in their eye and have such boundless energy. I needed to match the background colors to make them look like they were all painted around the same time. It has me thinking that I need to do some paintings of foals on a more regular basis to be offered for sale.
| 08 February, 2013 23:25
Well, it was my intention to blog once a week so this is late, but I want keep on the subject of commissions and working with collectors. This is a recently finished painting for a Denver collector who was looking for me to paint a buffalo similar to an earlier one I did but to change to a very specific size. Narrower and taller so it could fit into a recessed area facing the front entryway and with a different color background. I sketched out a new placement of the buffalo within the parameters of the canvas and got the go ahead. The painting turned out really nice and the collector was also happy.This one is titled"Contentment"
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Calendar Of Posts
- Painting Time Lapse
- The Great American Bison: What This Show Means to Me
- Dreams Realized
- Owning a Gallery as a Solo Artist
- My Trip to Creede
- The Story of My Dogs
- Painting at the Plein Air Fest in Jackson WY
- Wildland Wildlife
- A Visit with Alyson Stanfield
- Making the Rounds at the Shows here in the West