Traci Thayne Corbett
Ever since I can remember, I have been drawing. In grade school I drew horses, middle & high school, rock stars, college, fashion, in my corporate job all of my notetaking was punctuated by harbor scenes, abstract patterns, and yes, some horses & fashionable ladies… Always drawing.
Along the way I have taken as many classes and workshops as I could, and learned to combine my drawing with paint, charcoal, pastels, watercolor. My teachers have been wonderful and inspiring, and truth be told, I have never met an art product I don’t like.
When I take the time to draw something, to focus on it, learn all of it’s little details, I can’t help but get drawn into it’s whole story. I think about what makes that particular subject unique – “why is this boat so rusty? Isn’t it cool how the waves make the reflections look like lightning, how the summer air makes a haze over the boatyard?…. Making art that tells those stories, that draws the viewer in the way the subject drew me- that is the goal. It is an elusive goal – and I am always almost there. You can always tell the story better, with fewer strokes, more color(or less, or none…)… So I paint & draw some more, and feel very lucky when people enjoy looking at my works… If someone says, “that reminds me of the feeling…” – or- “that feels just like…” – then I know I’ve done something right.