Artist of the month - Tracy Levine, Arnside
PUBLISHED: 18:05 03 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:49 20 February 2013
In the first of our new series on the region's exceptional artists, Barbara Waite talks to a painter who needs look no further than her studio window for inspiration
The light and colours of Coniston proved the perfect inspiration for Arnside artist Tracy Levine. It is an area she visits regularly, but one early morning trip was pretty exceptional.
Colours were reflected in the water and it was so peaceful and tranquil. Paintings I did in situ were taken back to the studio to use as reference for this larger painting, she said.
Tracys roots are in the county. She grew up in Lytham St Annes where her mother still lives and, after completing a foundation course at Blackpool College and a fine art degree at Newcastle, she returned to Lancashire to hone her talents.
Jobs in the art world followed, including passing on her knowledge as a lecturer in Preston before she became a full-time artist in 2006.
Her home and studio at High Bank Cottage has spectacular views itself and the coastal scenery with distant fells and the ebb and flow of the river and sea are a constant inspiration for her semi-abstract paintings and prints.
She exhibits widely around the UK, winning many prizes and awards. Catch her work at a joint exhibition with Chris Rigby at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, until the end of September, at the Lakes Artists exhibition in Grasmere until September 5, or visit her studio during the second and third weekends of September as part of C-Art, the Cumbria art trail.
Lancashire is blessed with rugged hills and fells, picturesque villages and valleys and fabulous coastal views. But sometimes it takes the eye of an artist to capture those subtle moments of a fleeting change in light, or the atmosphere of a particular location.
If you have a favourite artist from Lancashire or the Lakes drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile you can see of Tracys work at www.tracylevine.co.uk