Art at Council April 14, 2015 - Tracey Costescu
Tracey Costescu - My love for creating art began as a child and I have been obsessively honing my skills ever since. Capturing the character and emotion of my subjects has always been key. I am a professional self-taught artist specializing in hand-drawn graphite and charcoal portraits. I really enjoy working in all mediums - particularly watercolour and acrylics - to express my interpretation of my subjects. I do commission portraits, and private collectors hold my artwork throughout Canada and the United States. I also teach drawing and painting in watercolor, acrylic, and oil at the Port Moody Arts Centre.
Transforming an empty piece of paper into a captivating expression is a magical process because it’s about rendering the character and essence of my subject not merely creating a likeness. Though I work quite deliberately, consciously employing traditional and non-traditional techniques, my subconscious is the undisputed leader in the process.
Artist Statement for Peeling Paint
This piece came about during a trip to Quebec City with my husband. I took nearly 1,000 photos of the buildings in Quebec from every angle imaginable as I was so overwhelmed with the beauty of the architecture.
I was drawn to this window by the beauty of the details in the architecture but also by the contrast of textures and colors. The clear blue sky, the orange brickwork, the peeling paint against the still smooth white areas of the wood and the way the open window seems to invite the viewer in to see what other magic is waiting inside. I could only imagine.
You can watch the Regular Meeting of Council in the window below. Art at Council begins at 35 seconds into the video.