Hi I’m Tracie, an artist based in the south east of England. I work with most mediums, from pencils and paint to ball point pens and cameras. I’m interested in combining different media to produce exciting and unusual work.
I studied Fine Art, Photography and Art & Design at the Mid Sussex College and “ummed” and “ahhed” about studying for a degree. In the end I decided I couldn’t justify the huge debt it would saddle me with, just for a certificate and some letters to prove that I’m handy with a paintbrush. Instead, I got a day job and did the usual grind that most people do. I spent some time obtaining professional qualifications for the day job whilst continuing to dabble in the creative arts.
It wasn’t until my Nan passed away that I found out she always felt I should have pursued art as a career. That gave me a kick up the backside and I started to devote more time to my art again. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed it! I joined a local art group and started exhibiting twice yearly, selling the majority of my work each time, a real confidence boost!
On the photography side, I’ve not been without a camera since my dad gave me my first SLR - a Praktica MTL5B many moons ago (this was in the days of film, before sensors, LCD screens and auto pretty-much-everything). I purchased my first DSLR in 2009 – a Nikon D90 – a lovely little camera that has survived much use and the one occasion I dropped it! In 2013 I made the upgrade to a full frame DSLR in the form of a Nikon D800. An amazing bit of kit that I really enjoying using. The image quality is superb meaning I can blow up images to a huge size before any loss of quality. I haven’t lost my love of film camera’s though and have a small collection ranging from the 1920’s to just a few years ago.
In 2013 I studied with the Photography Institute for a diploma in professional photography and in 2015 I was invited to join the Association of Sussex Artists to exhibit with them on an annual basis. In 2017 I joined the Horsham Artists Open Studios an artist's collective and exhibited with the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne for the first time. I’m an active member in many groups and forums as I believe knowledge is something to be shared.
Tracie Callaghan (b. 1980, UK)
- The Photography Institute, Diploma in Professional Photography, 2013
- Central Sussex College, GNVQ Advanced in Art & Design, A-level in Fine Art, 1998
- 2017 Horsham Artist’s Open Studios Contemporary Art Fair, Parkside, Horsham, West Sussex, UK
- 2017 Sussex Open, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK
- 2017 (annually since 2015) Association of Sussex Artists Exhibitions, Horsham, West Sussex, UK
- 2017 (annually since 2009) Experience Art, Southwater, West Sussex, UK
- Ben Morris: "Natural Flair", All About Horsham, October 2016, p64 – p66
Tracie Callaghan uses a variety of different media to create exciting and unusual artworks that celebrate the beauty of the natural world. Her work explores the relationship between subject matter and the media used, be that through use of colour, historical or geographical context to create depth and share her passion for our natural treasures.