Your Name: Tracey / Raceytay
Business Name: I brake for bokeh photography
Etsy shop: http://Raceytay.etsy.com/
Tracey is one amazing photographer, who, like many who spend their time behind the camera, is reluctant to share much about herself. Personally, I think it adds to the unmistakable charm that shines in her work. What I do know... Tracey has some lovely kitties that she loves, and Tracey likes to bake, like, a LOT, as seen here in her piece titled, "The Evil Undead Gingerbread Army". SO my kind of baking!
1. What five words best describe you?
I asked for help from my best friend for this question and the next one.
Introvert. Perceptive. Independent. Geek. Intelligent
2. What five words best describe your work?
Striking. Illuminated. Beautiful. Umpossible. Perfect
3. What was the very first art form you fell in love with, and, do you still do it?
It would have to be the literary arts. I have been a bookworm for as long as I can remember. I always will be. I get utterly lost in a good book, and I go back and revisit them time and time again. I become morose sometimes when a book ends, especially if it has been a nice long one. But I can’t write. I had to write for a living once, I hated it. Which, I see, is the answer to the next question!
4. What was your very worst ‘real’ job?
Writing on demand. Technical writing for the government. I thought I would enjoy it, initially. But there was no room for creativity and a love of reading does not translate to a love of writing. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
5. Is artwork your full-time life? Or, if not, are you planning to make it that way? If so, what’s your favorite part about being a full-time creative?
No. I have a full-time job, and likely always will. I am far too practical to give it up. It does afford me the opportunity to travel, which allows me to photograph new and exciting places and things. It also means I can focus on the photographs I like, I don’t have to be ‘successful’ or ‘commercial’. I get to be me.
6. What do you think is the single most important thing you could tell an artist just starting out?
Do the things that make you happy. Don’t try to be someone else, or please someone else. Don’t follow trends. Do what makes you free. If you can lose yourself in what you’re doing, then you know you’re on the right track. Also? Take your camera with you everywhere!
7. What is your favorite way to distribute our work (craft shows, online, galleries, etc…), and why?
Galleries are fun, you can meet the people who see your work for the first time face to face. You can eavesdrop on their conversations, hear the wonder as they describe something or try to figure out how you achieved such and such. It gives you a new found appreciation for pieces you have lived with for a long time. I also like the anonymity of online and the surprise later when you find out where your work is going. I recently sold over fifteen photographs in various sizes intended for a popular celebrity’s new home and I find myself checking every morning to see if there have been any tours of the place yet!
8. What are your five favorite blogs and/or websites?
Etsy, Flickr, Google maps, the weather network, I can has cheeseburger.
9. Favorite artist?
I simply cannot choose a favourite.
10. Guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. And travelling. Travelling with chocolate!
Thanks for a wonderful profile, and for giving us such great eye candy this week, Tracey!
~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~
Tracey has generously offered TWO of her beautiful prints (one each to two separate winners...that means TWO chances to win!). The prize is the winner's choice of either a 10" x 10" or a 10" x 13" print of your choice from Tracey's Etsy shop.
(Doesn't have to be the ones you see here,,,,they are just a couple of my favs!)
- Go to Tracey's Etsy page. Find your very favorite item.
- After that, come on back and leave a comment below telling us what your favorite item was and why (the 'why' is the part we really look for when deciding on a winner... so be creative!).
You may enter only once. The contest is open until 4pm Pacific time on the Monday following the original feature (so it's open for about six days). Winners will be posted on Tuesday morning, along with the new featured artist's piece. If you have any questions, please contact me, not the artist.
IMPORTANT: If you want to be contacted (if you are the winner), you need to leave your email address in your comment (I suggest spelling out the @(at) and the .(dot) to avoid spam from internet crawlers, or you may also leave your Etsy screen name, if applicable. If you don't leave either, you need to check back and contact me by the Friday following the contest ending to see of you won, and will need to email me (see Winner's Box in the upper right sidebar).
Bonus Entries- **You can earn an extra entry for each of the following: Follow my blog and/or follow me on Facebook. Both links are on the right-hand sidebar. Just make sure you note that you did these in your comment below!**
Please note: The winner is chosen by me and the featured artist based on your responses...so make 'em good! We make no claims that the selection is random:) It is between you and the featured artist to coordinate the getting of your loot. I make no personal guarantees about time-frame for delivery, value, or condition of the winning item.
~~~~~~~~~~ Last Week's Winner: Jingle! We hope your husband LOVES his gift! ~~~~~~~~~~