Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Traci Paulk (Seattle) creates abstract paintings using an eclectic mix of mediums and surfaces. Fusing elements of drawing, painting, writing and collage, her pieces are guided by intuition and often begin without a specific goal or intent—rather, a life yet to be discovered through the addition and subtraction of strong or subtle lines, swaths of color or layers of fading ink or paint. Exploring themes of memory, connections, possibilities and experiences - and the traces or flood of emotions they leave behind - her paintings are inspired by the unexpected turns, pathways, intersections and artistic beauty within everyday life. She strives to create paintings that express emotion and convey a sense of authenticity or truth.

A native New Mexican, Traci was drawn to art from a young age, taking painting and drawing courses at the University of New Mexico before pursuing a Bachelor’s in journalism and a Master’s in business administration. After a successful career in communications, she decided to follow her artistic interests again, leaving her role as a public relations agency vice president behind to begin consulting and pursuing a more creative life. Her work has been featured in the Pike Place Market Artwalk, Ballard Artwalk, Annual Greenwood-Phinney Artwalk (Juried Artist), Pioneer Square First Thursday Artwalk and Seattle Art Museums’s Volunteer Art Show; she was also included in Artist Trust’s 2013 Annual Benefit Auction.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.