Artist Tracy Everly (b. Philadelphia 1968) uses oil paint to explore the fleeting experience of being human. She observes and paints and distills different moments into a simplified form that is ultimately meant to capture the remains or accumulation of an experience as it slips away.
“I’ve realized, lately, that I am painting about uncertainty – about things not always being fully resolved or known,” she says, “but also about our ability to still experience joy and hope.” The paintings are about living with the feeling of mystery and of wanting to hold on to things, people, places, moments – that cannot be held. But the experiences are no less meaningful even though they are fleeting.”
Known for many years as a painter of still lifes and landscapes, Everly continues her explorations of structural forms by working from photographs, drawings and memory.
Everly’s fierce determination and love of painting has guided her education, including study with individual painters and classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Awards include an Award of Distinction from the American Impressionist Society, two awards from the prestigious Phillips’ Mill Juried Exhibition, two Bucks County Resident Artist Awards from the Bucks County Plein Air Festival, among others. Her work has been included in both regional and national exhibitions.
Everly teaches online and also teaches in-person workshops across the U.S. She lives and works in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.