Friday, February 6, 2015

Artist Spotlight - Traci Bixby

Tell us a bit about yourself: Did you go to school for art? Are you self taught?

I’ve been painting and drawing all my life. When I was in high school I knew I wanted to go to art school. I ended up in Seattle at an amazing school called The School of Visual Concepts. My dream was to be an illustrator. I took such amazing classes from working artists. My favorites were figure drawing, watercolor and color theory. 

Do you work in just one medium? Several?

I’ve always been primarily a watercolor artist and have strived and worked very hard to learn some digital skills. I’m still learning PhotoShop and Illustrator and am having such fun with both tools. I begin everything though with a pencil or pen and a brush. 

What inspires you / where do you get inspiration from?

I am inspired by so many things. I have sketchbooks full of ideas and I go back through them all of the time to get inspired. Many of my drawings or paintings are from a simple doodle or sketch. I’m so in awe of our world and those small moments in time that make up each day. I just keep sketching and writing down my ideas and that’s what keeps me going. 

What are you working on now?

As of now I am doing personal work and adding to my portfolio. I am so interested in licensing and have begun working on creating many collections.  I’ve taken a lot of courses from such amazing artists and I’m putting all of my new knowledge to use. I’m definitely pursuing new licenses and illustration work. 

Are you an early riser? or night owl?

Definitely a night owl!

What is your favorite food?

I love pastries. All kinds, scones, muffins, breads, cinnamon rolls and of course pie!

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  1. Love your work Traci.... As a watercolorist myself, I appreciate seeing good watercolor done by others.. I like to see how they think and mix etc. Your collections are great fun. I'm sure you'll go far. Thanks for sharing Traci, with us, Ann.... :)

  2. Oh, thank you so much! I love working with watercolor. It's so fun! I looked at your website as well and your work is amazing! Such gorgeous color!


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