Cattlemens Western Art Show and Sale
L. Tracy Paz

L. Tracy Paz"Drought-tolerant succulents of the arid southwest intrigue me, particularly the agaves. The leaf imprints add subtle beauty to their grace, menace and tenacious defenses. My agave botanicals, in both graphite and oil, are rendered from plants in my collection of succulents. Similarly, my art records the West Coast world in which I live: the sheep of the San Juan Islands off Washington State, tangerine trees in Southern California, and my own landscape and animals on the Central Coast of California.Reststop

"I'm drawn to the texture and possibilities of paper and canvas that are transformed with form, line and color. Graphite, pen and ink, oils and photography have been continuous threads in artwork throughout my life. Photography informs how I see the world around me, and often acts as a transition to other media. Mandalas are a frequent format; these include more formal graphic circular structures, as well as agaves and other botanicals viewed from above. These symbols of wholeness provide a means of exploring the interface between that which comes through me and that which I consciously interpret."

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