Tracy was born in Nelson, New Zealand. She studied Art at Nayland College, which then led her into a trainee ship illustrating t-shirts for a local screen printing company.
Tracy has had a passion and love for Art since the tender age of 5 and at 10 years of age she was drawing various subjects using graphite pencil.
It was after she was accepted into Nelson Polytechnic Institute for a Bachelor of Fine Art and Design, she received an important call from a family friend, Tony Purves M.A. BSc.Dip Ed.Artist/ Illustrator/ Restoration, whom she first met at age 6 in his Art Studio, that would change her life for the better.
Tony said, "Why would you study there when I taught at that institute (Fine Art & Design) for 4 years. Why don't you come to Port Douglas and I'll teach you one on one. You'll be my last student".
She knew he had taught at various universities throughout the world and was the best at his trade. Knowing it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, Tracy agreed and brought a one way ticket to Australia. She has since been studying under Tony Purves for the past 10 years, having learnt techniques from which the old masters practised (i.e. Grisaille and Chiaroscuro). She paints with Windsor and Newton - top quality artist oil paints. They are true to their brilliant vibrant colours. Also recently experimenting with radiant Artist quality soft pastels from England. They produce brilliant vibrant colours and you just dive right in without needing paintbrushes, solvents or a palette. No other medium allows you to apply rich and intense colour to the support as quickly as you can with pastels. Despite their simplicity pastels are very versatile.
Tracy's subjects range from portraits, abstract, wildlife, and landscapes. As a part time travelling photographer she captures the true beauty of New Zealand landscapes and wildlife for reference, which she applies to her Artwork.
Nature inspires her creativity which brings her paintings to life. She paints to capture a moment in time, breathing life and energy into her subjects. She has sold and exhibited works throughout Australia and New Zealand