About Tracey Adams

Born in 1954, Tracey Adams lives and maintains a studio on the central coast of California. As a printmaker and painter (encaustic), she has developed her unique style by incorporating characteristics from each of the two media, then applying some of those characteristics to each. For example, she is currently working on a series which utilizes 30 foot rolls of Japanese paper dipped in molten wax. Some of these rolls are cut up into fragments and mounted on panels with encaustic, some are mounted on paper with her intaglio prints, and some become large installations.

Artist's Statement

"Art and music have always played huge roles in my life. I studied piano for many years, then earned my advanced degrees in composition and conducting, while simultaneously enrolling in drawing and painting classes. In 1992, I arrived at a critical moment when I had to decide whether to devote all my time to music or to art. Art won.

Art and music share so many elements, technically different though they are. It is their similarities that engage and fascinate me, what bridges the two creative disciplines. By nature, I am organized and structured, enjoying being in control. My strongest work results when I'm not in control in the studio. Recently, I have arrived at a balance and blending of these two approaches. I will work for several hours with a roll of Japanese paper not looking at or reacting to what I'm doing, simply responding to whatever comes up. On another day, I may create a group of intaglio prints or paint several layers of an encaustic painting; both require conscious thought with regard to process. These works on paper are then cannibalized, cut up into fragments. With this new body of fragment works on paper, I look for elements among them that are synergistic, elements that will coalesce into a balanced and successful composition.

Working in series, developing subsequent pieces from those just created, like theme and variations, I exhaust the possibilities for exploration. Many times I will scrape down or paint over existing paintings or works on paper that are not successful, aware that I must create something much stronger and powerful. Influenced by nature and the rural coastal environment where I live, I am drawn to patterns, puzzles, geometry and the endless connections I'm able to make within that realm".
                                                                                     ~Tracey Adams


1979-81   School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1980         M.M.  New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
1978         B.A.    Mt. St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA


2009 "Mindful Inversions," Santa Cruz Museum of Art and
          History, Santa Cruz, CA (catalog)
         "Synapse/Synapses", Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA
         "Recent Encaustic Paintings", Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
         "Mindful Inversions", Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2008  "Recent Encaustic Paintings", Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007  "Music of Spheres, Rhythm of Squares", Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL
          "Thinking in Circles," Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2006  "The Perfection of Imperfection", Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
           "The Perfection of Imperfection", Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2005  "The Symmetry of Asymmetry", Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA (catalog)
          "The Symmetry of Asymmetry", Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
          "The Symmetry of Asymmetry", Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2003  "Routines and Rituals", Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2002  "Intervals: Gesture to Icon", Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY (catalog)
          "Intervals: Gesture to Icon", Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2001  "Intimate Possibilities", Carson Masuoka Gallery, Denver, CO (catalog)
           "Intimate Possibilities", Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2000  "Broken Symmetry", Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
1999  "New Work", Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998  "New Monotypes", Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
1996  "Ambiguities", Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA
1995  "Recent Monotypes", U.C. Santa Cruz, Stevenson College, Santa Cruz, CA


Beverly Hills Public Library, Beverly Hills, CA
Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA
Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA (commission)
Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH (commission)
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.
U.S. Army, Washington D.C.
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, CA (commission)
University of Wisconsin Medical Center, Madison, WI (commission)


Adobe Systems, San Jose, CA
AT&T Corporate Building, Los Angeles, CA (commission)
Bell Labs, Pale Alto, CA (commission)
Canon Corporation, San Jose, CA (commission)
Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico (commission)
Charles Schwab Corporate, San Francisco, CA (commission)
The Chubb Group, Warren, New Jersey
Clarify, Inc., San Jose, CA (commission)
Crowne Plaza, Harrisburg, PA (commission)
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens,
Dallas, Texas (installation commission)
David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA
Deloitte and Touche, New York, NY
Department of the Army, Seoul, Korea
Doubletree Hotel, Tampa, FL (commission)
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA (commission)
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
Four Seasons Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ, Dallas, TX, Hawaii
Fujitsu, Dallas, TX
General Electric Corporation, Stamford, CN (commission)
General Telephone and Electronics, San Francisco, CA
Hallmark: Corporate Headquarters, Kansas City, MO
Hambrecht and Quist, San Francisco, CA
Hilton Hotel, Alexandria, VA, Austin, TX
i2, Dallas, TX
Intel, Inc., San Jose, CA
Kaiser-Permanente Hospital, San Francisco, CA,
Los Angeles, CA, Oakland, CA, Santa Clara, CA
Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips, Los Angeles, CA
Marcus and Millichap, Detroit, MI, Washington D.C.
Marriott Associa, Nagoya, Japan
Marshall Fields, Chicago, IL
McKinsey & Co., Washington, DC (commission)
MGM Grand Hotel, Spa Collection, Las Vegas, NV (commission)
Nippon Electric Corporation (NEC), San Francisco, CA
Nokia, San Diego, CA (commission)
Oral B Laboratories, Redwood City, CA
Pacific Island Hotel, Hong Kong (commission)
Pfizer Pharmaceutical, New York
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Boston, MA ยท
Rio Convention Center and Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Royal Island Pacific Hotel, Hong Kong (commission)
Rush Presbyterian Hospital, Chicago, CA (commission)
Saban Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA (commission)
Shin Tokorozawa Hospital, Tokorozawa, Japan
Sony Corporation, San Jose, CA (commission)
Sprint: Corporate Headquarters, Overland Park, KS
Toyota Corporation, Torrance, CA
Vintage II, Palm Desert, CA (commission)
Wellington Towers, New York, NY (commission)
VISA: Corporate Headquarters, San Francisco, CA


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