We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracie Joyner and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tracie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Art is my passion and an integral part of my soul that I simply could not exist without. An inspired new work is a creation waiting to happen and brings with it a sense of excitement, wonder, and joy. I enjoy working with a variety of mediums, including photography, alcohol inks, fluid art, acrylics, and collage. When everything starts to come together and I’m “in the zone,” it’s pure magic.

One of my favorite quotes is by Stella Adler — “Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.” My son Trevis was undoubtedly my greatest creation and my biggest supporter. He inspired me to be more, to do more, to live more, to love more. Losing him to a rare cancer in 2019 left such a huge hole in my heart. Every day became a struggle. I stopped creating. I stopped interacting. I stopped connecting. I stopped living. It’s been so difficult to find true joy again. The world is just not the same without him in it.

After what felt like an eternity, I finally started creating again. I sought refuge in the artistic process and found it to be very therapeutic, meditative, and healing. I see life differently now and that view is reflected in my work, where I strive to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

For me, art is life. The time I spend creating nurtures my soul and takes me to a place of calmness and serenity. I hope that when you view my work, you will experience the same sense of peacefulness and wonder.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Art is an ever-evolving journey, and I am constantly learning, exploring, and experimenting. I don’t limit myself to just one art style or method, but instead work with a variety of mediums, including alcohol inks, photography, fluid art, mixed media, and collage. Some of my recent works include ethereal circular alcohol ink paintings, wondrous nature photography, customized military medallions, and one-of-a-kind functional art pieces.

Having always been captivated by the creative process, I’m drawn to patterns, colors, and textures, and I strive for uniqueness in design and method. Seeing a piece come to life before my eyes never ceases to amaze me. I’m fascinated by the organic complexities of alcohol inks. I use my camera to capture the beauty of nature and evoke emotion through my fine art photography. I’m able to bring extraordinary collages to life using thousands of tiny pieces of paper cut from magazines. I use a multitude of fluid art techniques that yield unexpected and innovative designs. My bespoke commission pieces are very meaningful, symbolic, and fulfilling. Inspiration is everywhere, and my imagination is sparked by everything I see, feel, and experience, whether traveling the world or exploring my own backyard.

I’m currently working on a very comprehensive design project that involves having my fine art photography professionally printed onto oversized high quality stretched canvas. This is a versatile and stylish, yet cost-effective option for both residential and commercial settings. The samples that I had printed are so striking, and I’m excited to see my vision come to life!

I’m also extremely honored that my photography has been recognized at numerous juried competitions, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden 2022 Flower Show, Roswell Photographic Society 25th Annual Open Juried Show, Sweetwater Camera Club 2021 Artist’s Choice, Art of Intuitive Photography 9th Annual Juried Photo Exhibit, and the 7th Annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Juried Competition sponsored by the Georgia Nature Photographers Association.

After spending countless hours meticulously planning every single amazing detail and activity, I was getting ready to host my first annual Women’s Art Retreat in the spring of 2020. We all know what happened next. The COVID-19 pandemic struck and everything was canceled. I’m hopeful it will take place next year and am so excited to share my creative techniques with others!

For me, the best part of being an artist is seeing the joy and beauty that my work brings to the lives of others. In 2022, I plan to create, create, create! My goals are to focus on my art, continue making new connections and nurturing existing ones, and start traveling again (hopefully!). I know there will be more struggles and challenges ahead, but that’s just the way life is. Rededicating myself to my art and photography has given me a renewed sense of purpose, and I will forever be #inspiredbytrevis. Cheers to a future full of beauty, hope, love, and JOY.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I have definitely become a homebody since COVID-19 hit. When I do get out, I enjoy immersing myself in the beauty of nature, which I am always inspired to photograph. Some of my favorite spots are Gibbs Gardens, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Sweetwater Creek State Park, and Dunwoody Nature Center. I’ve had my work accepted to several traveling fence art galleries throughout the Atlanta area, so I also like to visit those and take nature walks which, of course, inspires more artwork and photography!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I owe so much to my family and friends, who have been a constant source of support and encouragement over the years. My son Trevis always had so much faith in me and was constantly pushing me to do more and to be more, in spite of my own doubts and insecurities. His memory inspires me every day and gives me renewed confidence in both myself and my work.

I also value and treasure the remarkable connections I’ve made with so many others, in all walks of life. My “tribe” means so much to me! I am so grateful for everyone who has encouraged, inspired, supported, and motivated me in my journey, and I do all that I can to uplift and support them in return. Everyone is dealing with something. Have compassion. Show empathy. Be present. Open your heart and your mind. We are stronger together.

Website: https://traciejoynerart.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traciejoynerart/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TracieJoynerArt

Other: Women’s Art Retreats Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/followyourart

Image Credits
Tracie Joyner Fine Art & Photography

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