5 Year Anniversary Art Exhibition – Artist Portfolio Magazine
Tracy Bonin – Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico
My work is about pure, emotional painting. It is a convergence of color, shape, stroke and line. I do not analyze or plan ahead. I construct and deconstruct until I unravel an abstract moment. I paint, draw, scribble and scratch, adding layer upon layer. Allowing paint to be paint and marveling at happy accidents. I don’t usually transfer image or object to canvas. I am not interested in borrowing given imagery. Rather, I am interested in allowing something to happen, something that had not been happening before, that did not already exist. The work is intuitively formed, through emotion and always the music I listen to while I paint.
“For me, painting is like life. Full of ups and downs, rewarding and sometimes disappointing. But, always an adventure and sometimes people like me and sometimes they don’t. And I am okay with that.”
I was born in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. I grew up in a small town in British Columbia and was always creative in one way or another. I found my way back to Red Deer after high school and attended the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at the Red Deer College, gravitating towards painting and working with clay. During that time, I rented a studio space in the basement of a small hotel. That space was originally used a gym and was complete with purple shag carpets and floor to ceiling mirrors! For many years after college, life got in the way, and painting was just a hobby.
Then one day I got the opportunity to live my dream. A dream of surf, sun, sand, palm trees and painting. In 2012, I sold everything I owned and moved to Bucerias, Mexico to live that dream and be a full time artist. I paint abstract, with acrylics, crayons, chalk, pastels and whatever else I can get my hands on. I hope to, one day, get back to working with clay again, and also doing some experiments with abstracts in glass. My work can be seen in local galleries, restaurants and bars in Bucerias and Puerto Vallarta. My paintings can be found in private collections in Canada, the US and Mexico.