Shalom Life | September 23, 2014

Q&A – Visual Artist Tracie Solomon

Solomon gears up to display her colour-filled canvasses at the Toronto Art Expo

By: Lisa Goldman

Published: April 12th, 2012 in Culture » Art » Interviews

Q&A – Visual Artist Tracie Solomon

Ask Tracie Solomon to describe herself as an artist and she’ll tell you she’s an abstract explosionist. (Take one look at her works of art and you’ll know why.) The Vaughan teacher and mother of two is gearing up for the Toronto Art Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (April 19 to 22) – the first time her unique, colour-filled, engaging canvasses will be displayed among other artists’ work. “My art is all about breathing life into flat spaces,” she says. “I use acrylic paint, plaster and resin to create dimension, texture, light and lustre, and am inspired by the colours that pop into my life.” It’s this inspiration that led her to create Colour-Pops, which feature materials she finds in her studio and reuses.

Lisa Goldman: Describe your art

Tracie Solomon: I never really think of my art as having to be a balanced part of my life. It somehow finds its way there. It’s an essential component to fuel the passion behind its creation. And when I’m finished a piece, I get the energy to fulfill other equally gratifying aspects of my life like mothering and teaching.

LG: What are Colour-Pops made of?

TS: No baker gives away her secret ingredients. Beyond the obvious paint, my pieces are composed of anything and everything that helps meet the criteria of making a creation that has dimension, lustre, colour and a sense of life. I reuse of materials that would otherwise be deemed not useable. That is my artistic challenge – to discover the materials and techniques to breath life into a flat space.

LG: What role does art play in your home?

TS: Whenever I move to a new home, the first thing I ensure is that I have a great workspace conducive for creating. I believe you can measure an artist's passion by the contents of their workspace. For me, the visual effect of hundreds of bottles of paints, brushes and other not-so-traditional means of applying paint serve as both inspiration and inner calm.

LG: Does a love of art run in your family?

TS: My childhood home resonated with creativity in many forms. My father’s (a talented artist and man of science) paintings hung all over the house. My mother has a sophisticated eye for décor, and she’s a gourmet cook and baker. When I was a teenager my father spent a lot of time submersing me in his passion for the arts. I vividly remember the time he taught me to lift watercolour paint off paper with a sponge to create an illuminating effect over a lake we had painted. Probably the most important thing my father conveyed to me was the notion that nothing in art is ever wrong. That has always been and has remained my artistic mantra.

LG: And where does your inspiration come from?

TS: I am inspired by any and everything that crosses my path. Another art piece doesn’t necessarily serve as my only inspiration. It can be as simple as the shades of green on a leaf that must take centre stage of the next creation. I have an insatiable thirst to see just how just about anything can be infiltrated into my art world.

Tracie’s work can be found at www.customizedcanvas.ca

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Pardes’ Artists Discuss Koffler Gallery Exhibit EXCLUSIVE: ‘Pardes’ Artists Discuss Koffler Gallery Exhibit TrendingSarah Silverman Upset Over Tabloid Marriage Rumors Sarah Silverman Upset Over Tabloid Marriage Rumors TrendingThe Nosh Pit - Kosher Autumn Recipes The Nosh Pit - Kosher Autumn Recipes Trending
 

Yad Vashem Honored in World's Top Ten Museums

September 23, 2014 | By Ynet News
Yad Vashem Honored in World's Top Ten Museums

TripAdvisor places the Holocaust memorial at number 10 on their Top 25 list

Read More

"Justice Has Been Served," Says Families of Slain Teens

September 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
"Justice Has Been Served," Says Families of Slain Teens

PM Netanyahu says "our mission is complete" after Shin Bet and the IDF announced the suspects in murder of Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach were killed

Read More

Join the Anti-BDS Movement Today

September 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Join the Anti-BDS Movement Today

Over 620 academics (and counting) have signed a petition that condemns the BDS movement against Israel

Read More

The Love Jewce (Rosh Hashanah Edition): 6 Ways to Sweeten Yourself & Your Love Life

September 23, 2014 | By Andria Kaplan
The Love Jewce (Rosh Hashanah Edition): 6 Ways to Sweeten Yourself & Your Love Life

As we reflect back on 5774 and build resolutions for 5775 why not use that leftover honey and sweeten up your love life?

Read More

Shimon Peres Goes Job Hunting [VIDEO]

September 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Shimon Peres Goes Job Hunting [VIDEO]

Watch the former Israeli President try his hand at a variety of professions, from comedian to cashier

Read More

IDF Reserve Soldiers Can Now Use Medical Marijuana

September 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
IDF Reserve Soldiers Can Now Use Medical Marijuana

We speak to CEO of Canadian cannabis supplier MedReleaf about this "historic" new decision that will allow a few hundred reserve soldiers to continue with their medication

Read More

Israel Places 19th in World Baseball Ratings

September 22, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Israel Places 19th in World Baseball Ratings

The Jewish state has moved up seven places in the latest International Baseball Federation world rankings, ahead of countries such as Great Britain and South Africa

Read More

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Pardes’ Artists Discuss Koffler Gallery Exhibit

September 22, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Pardes’ Artists Discuss Koffler Gallery Exhibit

Pardes, which is a word that means 'orchard' in Hebrew, explores everything from Jewish mysticism and ritual heresy, military technology and gender ideologies, and marginalize voices and the occult.

Read More

More Headlines