The Heroine’s Journey of Tracy Watt

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
Seeing what happens with paint.  
 
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
Peace on high, a moor or a mountain.  
 
What is my greatest fear?
The loss of a precious person.  
 
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
Empathy for people who have motifs of  a self serving nature, detrimental to myself.  A trait I am learning to fight against to protect me and mine.
 
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?
It has to be the Paula Rego.   The exuberance of the dancing forms telling a tale captures emotion and imagination.
 
What is my greatest extravagance?
Driving.  Escaping the immediate environment.  Exploring Britain near and  far.
 
On what occasion would I lie?
To save my precious person.
 
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Being seen as the artist, the painter and not myself.  Something which predominates my relationships and life more and more.
 
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
I am always happy in my work.  Not so much a where, but a painting carrying me away to a state of separateness.  A special place of being which cannot be replicated in any other activity.
 
If I could what would I change about myself?
Past choices.
What is my greatest achievment in work?
My technical abilities.
 
Where would I most like to live?
Anywhere near the sea and countryside.
 
What is my most treasured possession?
My precious person.
What books influenced my life and how?
I have always been an avid reader of the classics from an early age.  They have immersed within me to give me a pleasure of language that makes my heart dance.  How this has influenced my work I cannot say but it surely has aided my visual story telling.
 
Who are my favourite writers?
By far Thomas Hardy.
 
You only die once.  What music would I listen to on my last day?
A Northern English rock/folk political band, no longer together, called the Tansads.  I also love melodic male tones, so mix in a bit of Nirvana and Radiohead.
 
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Raffles.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
An art historic heroine is the great Mannerist painter Artemisia Gentileschi.  In daily existence my mother.
 
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Close encounter.
 
What role plays art in my life and work?
Art encompasses a large part of my life, and is all of my work.
 
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My precious person.
 
Whom would I like to work with in 2018?
Caroline Reed.  I would love to spend time with her in the studio to understand her technical practice.
 
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018?
Caroline Reed.
 
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Irene Rasspolini
 
How can you contact me?
luceliz.art@gmail.com or search for Lucretia Elizabeth Painter on facebook.
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