Janice Tracy lives and paints in Vancouver, Washington. She started studying art in the 1990s while living in Bend, Oregon. Her first efforts were a “DIY” way to decorate her home, but she soon found that she was producing more art than she had wall space. She has since shown and sold her work throughout Clark County and countrywide through her website, http://used-art.com/.
One of her main influences is her friend and mentor, Avalon Parsons, whose work has been shown in galleries throughout Oregon. Like Ms. Parsons, Janice often uses a palette knife as her only application tool when painting landscapes in oil, but she picks up her brushes to create works that include human and animal figures.
Janice’s approach to her art is to capture a place, a moment, or a notion in the hope that the viewer can experience it with her. Her works are often reminiscent of Central Oregon and the Pacific Northwest coast.
Her work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions and has won local awards. She currently serves as the president of the Society of Washington Artists.
She also produces a line of canvas tote bags painted with acrylics under the name “Used Art.” The subjects for her canvas bag pieces are usually more whimsical, such as otters, bears, cows, and the occasional nutria.
Although she has been painting for over 20 years, she has never been able to give herself a proper manicure.