Pristas, Tracy Lynn

Tracy Lynn Pristas paints large-scale abstract landscapes, oil and cold wax abstracts, mixed media acrylics, and monotypes. She derives her visual information and enthusiasm from nature, and then departs into abstraction.

Tracy’s commissioned paintings can be found in various health-care settings, including collections at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago), Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield, Ill.), Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge, Ill.), and St. John's Mercy Medical Center (St. Louis), Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville, FL), Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital (Denver), Swedish Covenant Hospital New Mayora Rosenberg Women Health Center (Chicago). Her originals are included in private art collections nationally. She is represented by numerous fine art galleries.

Early on in her career she was awarded five community arts grants from the respected Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. This contributed to her success as a self taught Chicago painter. Honored with artist in residencies programs from the distinguished Ragdale Foundation, Jentel Arts Program, Brush Creek Foundation For The Arts, and PLAYA Summer Lake. She is a 2014 recipient of a direct purchase award from the Montana Arts Council. Her artwork has been featured in the 2015 Lake Forest Designers Showhouse, and published in Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Atlanta Style & Design, 5280 Home Magazine, American Art Collector, Denver Post and more.

If your television is a shrine in your living room, you might have seen Pristas’s paintings on the Lifetime Television hit series “Drop Dead Diva,” which ran for four seasons. Movie aficionados may have spotted some Pristas paintings in the Jennifer Aniston-Vince Vaughn movie “The Break-Up.” Tracy was born in Latrobe, Pa. For 17 years she maintained a studio in Chicago along the city’s Ravenswood industrial corridor, with an elevated train rumbling by her windows. She now resides in Littleton, Colo., and is freed from having to wear noise-reduction headphones when she paints. Thankfully, the foothills are a transition zone — not a transit zone.

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