Kathlene Tracy perceives art as an expression that is less obstructive in conveying an understanding to oneself and others than other forms of communication. Her works challenge herself and viewers to become more aware of their thoughts and surroundings by bringing forth concepts through each stroke of charcoal.
By working in large scale with many drawings being approximately five feet, she allows herself and the viewer to enter into the drawing. One becomes immersed in shadows and light with even the most subtle textures available to be experienced. As a viewer becomes intimate with the rendering of her subject matter that sparked the inspiration, an exchange of thought occurs provoking new understanding or meaning or perhaps an unveiling of a past memory.
The artist has reported that the passion she feels when her hands and fingertips run across paper and capture an image or thought in charcoal is overwhelming with a love of drawing as early as can be remembered. Today, this drive and commitment to this medium is still present and has never waivered.
Because of her early interest in drawing, Tracy began art classes at the same time as beginning school winning national juried competitions and also pursued higher education for understanding human behavior that led to a current faculty position at New York University and previous faculty position at Yale University in the department of psychiatry. She continually pursued studies and a career in both visual art and innovative approaches to facilitate recovery psychiatric disorders viewing each pursuit as a compliment to the other. She has been represented by three New York City galleries and has participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions of her work in addition to her work being in public and private collections.