Tracy Spadafora

painting, mixed media, works on paper

“In my newest series, Left Behind: Visual Histories, I explore layered surfaces that are worn with age. I have always been attracted to a natural beauty that exists in the peeling of paint, the rusting of metal, the crumbling of brick and other decay. The textures and colors reveal the passage of time and tell a quiet story that often goes unnoticed. While painting these surfaces I try to see through, examine, and document the layers of wear, which for me acts as a kind of metaphor for exploring human existence. “

Tracy earned a BFA from Boston University in 1989, and a MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 1995. Her work has been exhibited across the country and is in many private and public collections, including Harvard University, the Danforth Museum, and Bank of America. Her work has also been featured in many publications, included Artist’s Magazine, Art Scope Magazine, and the Boston Globe. Tracy has been teaching art to youth and adults for 25 years. She has been an adjunct professor at Quincy College for 20 years and teaches free-lance at other colleges, museums and art centers. She also specializes in encaustic painting and has been teaching workshops in this medium for 25 years.