Tracey L. Harris grew up along the riverside of Port Tobacco in Southern Maryland. Surrounded by nature, she was inspired by the rivers, the swamps, and the life that teemed through them. Her artistic talent was recognized at an early age and cultivated throughout her school years. She spent her teenage summers studying art at Goucher College through competitive programs for gifted Maryland artists. After graduating from McDonough High School in Pomfret, Maryland, she traveled to the west coast to study at the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited and awarded in shows on the local, regional, and national level.
Tracey and her husband, Irving Harris, also operate a professional photography studio in Charles County, Maryland. Many of the photo studio's clients become subjects of Tracey's traditional portrait paintings. Her skill as a portrait painter has aided the photography studio when clients need complicated photo retouching and restoration.
Tracey is a member of the Portrait Society of America, National Association of PhotoShop Professionals, and Professional Photographers of America. Locally, she is an active member of Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Southern Maryland Business Network, and Zonta of Charles County.
She and her family live on a tranquil, historic farm in Ironsides, Maryland. Tracey is still surrounded by nature and continues to gather inspiration from the wild places of Southern Maryland.
You can see more of Tracey's work at www.traceyharrisart.com