tracy csoka gansrow

Tracy Csoka Gansrow was born in Heirlin, Netherlands. As the daughter of an Army officer, she lived in various places across the country including the USMA at West Point, NY. Tracy was exposed to many cultures and diverse people which greatly influenced her creativity. She currently resides in the foothills of North Carolina surrounded by the picturesque scenery of the Blue Ridge mountains.

bio

Bachelor of Science, Art Education

SUNY New Paltz

Computer Graphics Certificate

Long Island University

1992 Art Instructor at West Point Arts & Crafts, USMA where she taught painting, drawing, framing, ceramics and stained glass. 

1995 -1998 Computer Graphics Artist

ImageInfo, NY, NY

1996 - 2004 Muralist and Freelance Artist

2004 Opened her art studio, TCG Studio, in NY where she taught painting classes and displayed her work.

 

Member of several NY art guilds, exhibited in numerous venues across New York including the Lycian Theatre Gallery, NY, the Bardavon Theatre,NY, and the McTigue Art Gallery.

Tracy exhibited her work in multiple juried art shows and places of business throughout the NY area

Currently a member of the following art guild & groups

Mt Pleasant Artists Guild,

Charleston Artists Guild

Southern Watercolor Society.

 

VOLUNTEER SERVICE AND POSITIONS

Membership Chairperson, MP Artists Guild

Scholarship Chairperson, MP Artists Guild

Steering Committee Marketing, Perspective Gallery

EXHIBITING GALLERIES

 *Spencer Art Gallery, Charleston, SC 

 *The Perspective Gallery, Mount Pleasant, SC 

 *Charleston Artists Guild Gallery, Charleston, SC.

 

AWARDS:

*Rock School of Art Annual Competition  2019

  1st Place award

*City of North Charleston 2019

  Purchase Award  

*Artfest 2018 Mount Pleasant

  Peoples Choice Award

*City of North Charleston 2018

  Honorable Mention

*Blessing of the Fleet Art Show 2017

  Honorable Mention

*City of North Charleston 2016

  Purchase Award

*National Small Works Award,

*Warwick Art Guild award 

Tracy's artwork hangs across the country in businesses and private homes.

artist statement

I began drawing at a very early age. Around age 9

I was enrolled at the Bethlehem Art Gallery, NY to study oil painting under the late Hudson Valley Artist, John Gould. My passion was sparked! 

 

Throughout high school I gobbled up every art course offered as well as any classes I could find in the greater Hudson Valley and NYC region. I was inspired by the beautiful landscape and had a yearning to express this beauty. I was accepted into my dream school, Philadelphia College of the Arts, PA., but I chose to stay close to home and attend the State University of New York, New Paltz. I studied painting, art history, and dance while earning my degree in Art Education. 

           

My enthusiasm for the arts led me to work in a myriad of diverse jobs which influenced the evolution of my art. At varying points of my life I worked as a fine art poster inspector, an illustrator for a real estate developer, and a muralist for private and commercial clients. I studied computer graphic design and brought my creativity to the computer age designing websites and working in Photoshop extensively.  Each new experience brought a new aspect to my art and expanded my artistic growth.

 As an arts instructor at West Point Arts & Crafts, USMA  I taught painting, drawing, framing, ceramics and stained glass. My experience with all of these various mediums brought a new dimension to my painting. I also had the pleasure of meeting many people from all over the world. With so much inspiration, I was excited to join every art group I could find and exhibit my work.  

           

When motherhood changed my direction, I once again felt the pull to create. With young children at home I refocused  on painting with less toxic mediums like acrylics and watercolor.  I grew to love working in the water based mediums and once again my art evolved in a new direction. With my passion invigorated I opened an art studio, TCG Studio, in NY where I displayed my work and taught painting classes. 

           

In 2011 we relocated to Mount Pleasant where I found an artists haven. The area was rich with subject matter and artists too. The art scene was thriving and I eagerly joined the local guilds and galleries. My work took a different direction using more vibrant colors and I revisited working in oils. I wanted to express the beauty of the landscape around me.

 

After 8 years in South Carolina, I began to long for the 4 seasons of my youth  and soon found myself and my family moving to the beautiful foothills of NC. where a whole new topography of inspiration lay await to be painted.I don't know where the future will bring me but I am certainly enjoying the journey along the way!