Tracey St. Peter is a Detroit, Michigan born artist currently living and working in Richmond Virginia. Awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from College for Creative Studies, she went on to earn a Master of Fine arts degree from Eastern Michigan University with concentrations in Painting and Sculpture. In her final year of study for her Masters, Tracey had an opportunity to participate in a European cultural history program, visiting 13 countries from England to Egypt. This program offered an immersive opportunity to explore Art, History, Literature and cultural points of interest. This would prove to be a life changing event, shaping her perspectives on the role of Art and Artist in society.
After graduating Tracey spent a year in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a resident artist at the Broad Street Artists Collective. Relocating to Brooklyn NY in 1993, she lived worked and showed until 2006, having 4 solo shows in Brooklyn during that time. Since moving to Richmond in 2007, Tracey has become an active member of the Richmond Arts community and has exhibited work in multiple solo shows at the Eric Schindler Gallery.
Tracey is a full time artist who currently has works in University and private collections and has shown widely in the United States. A Painter who has incorporated Sculpture in her work since her MFA thesis exhibition, for many years she concentrated solely on oil painting. Central focal points gave way to images that seem to move past the picture plane. Flat canvas surfaces transitioned into oil painting on round surfaces. Round globe sculptures painted on all sides that rotated, working as multiple paintings on one surface, led the artist to more deeply explore sculpture. Currently she creates both sculpture and painting in encaustic wax and paper maché.
In recent years, Tracey has focused on the use of sustainable materials in her work. Paper maché sculpture covered in encaustic wax has been her primary medium. These simple materials, flour, salt, paper bags from the local market, bees wax and pine tar resin, combine to make sculpture that looks like carved stone.