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Tracy  McGuinness-Kelly

“The way I perceive my work is striving to tap into my childhood subconscious, trying to remember those feelings, thoughts and dreams, whilst simultaneously utilizing my adult artistic experience and editing skills".

Tracy is a british born artist whose background lies heavily in illustration.

She resided in the U.S. for 16 years and for 7 of those accepting a position at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City Missouri, where she designed award winning giftwrap, greeting cards and other surface design product, as well as posters, stationery, gift bags, packaging and 3 dimensional toys.
Designs created in this period were submitted and appeared in 'Design Excellence' annuals such as 'Communication Arts' and 'Print' magazine.

After Hallmark Tracy moved to Brooklyn New York where she worked as a freelance illustrator her clients included Starbucks, Nickelodeon T.V, American Girl, Crate & Barrel, Unicef, Great Arrow, Time Warner, Galison Books, Chronicle Books, Porter Novelli, Fast Company, TIME Asia, Christian Science Monitor & Little Brown Publishing amongst others.
She met one in particular whilst renting a booth at the 'Licensing Show' in the Jacob Javits Convention center in New York City, she was 'discovered' by her soon-to-be editor, Cindy Eagan of Little Brown Publishing.
The culmination of this great connection and meeting of minds, was a 2 book contract to write and illustrate her first children's book entitled 'BAD CAT' which was published in June 2003 in the U.S, Japan & S.Korea and is listed in the United States Library of Congress. Sales of the first book are reaching expectations.
Tracy has completed her 2nd book of the 'BAD CAT' series, ‘BAD CAT Puts on his Top Hat’ which was published by Little Brown Publishing, New York in 2004.

“I see my work naturally heading in the direction of animation, i've always wanted to see the characters move. I'm currently in the process of making that happen with characters called 'Pogglewiffs'”.


TECHNIQUE....
Using a G3 applemac and working in Photoshop 7.0 I scan work created by myself outside of the computer, such as abstract collages, drawings,painted textures, digital photographs, work I create with my 3 year old son, his own scribbles and splodges and also things I collect ,little bits of packaging like the printers line of dots from the end flaps of a cereal box a sweet wrapper or tiny news paper clipping.
Once scanned I cut and paste, manipulate colour , change the size and shape make transparent and layer in a kind of digital collaging technique.
Once I arrive at completion within the computer I print it onto 100% cotton canvas
or a heavy watercolour paper using pigment based archival inks.
I then further embelish the work with a very fine glitter in controlled ammounts to create
A kind of ‘magical quality’ varnishing in between applications to ‘seal the glitter into the
piece.