Tracey Elphick

Tracey studied fine art at Falmouth Art College and went on to become Head of Art at Kingshill School. She now works as a full time professional artist in Cirencester.

Her mixed media still lifes are inspired by her ever-growing collection of vintage ceramics and contemporary vessels, together with flowers and foliage from her garden and the local countryside. She often adds fruits, birds or fish. Tracey’s intention is a quirky composition and a balance of pattern and colour. She sometimes adds collage in the form of cuttings from old cookery books or seed packets and the whole piece is built up in layers of acrylic.

"Over the past couple of years, garden birds have been a great source of interest as a subject for me. I like to paint the them approximately life size, trying to capture something of their character and form in a minimal amount of loose but carefully placed brush strokes."