My art is inspired by many of my life experiences and those I am still to have. I am stimulated by the variety of colors and see now that my joy comes from bold color. I love the fluid movement of my work which becomes a “dance” with my creative soul. I am always excited to see the end product of my painting. Each one is an experiment with color and movement which creates a unique and dynamic piece. I have no preconceived idea of what image will appear on my canvas as this develops during the “dance” within me. I work with my canvas laying flat on a table so I can view it from all angles. The painting evolves with new colors or layers added to the canvas. Each painting is influenced from 

nature and thoughts or feelings within me. Each piece of work is open to the viewer’s introspection.  The end result always creates an emotion of surprise and delight.



Debbie Tracey was born in California and moved to Hawaii when she was 8 years old. While in the islands, she lived on Oahu, Kauai, and Maui. She came to Pacific University in Oregon for college and became an elementary teacher. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Pacific University and a M.A. in Education from Linfield College.  During her teaching years, she learned the value of what art can contribute to people from different cultures and life experiences. She has always appreciated different art forms and has experimented with many from ceramics to watercolors. With acrylic paint, mediums, palette knives, and brushes, she has discovered a new passion in life.

She moved to Washington state 5 years ago and now resides in Olympia, Washington. Her art has been shown in galleries and exhibitions in Washington and Oregon. She is a member of The Artists’ Gallery in Olympia, Washington.


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