Tracy Lee Stum. Here are the 3 short and memorable names that represent this genius of 3 - 3D! Tracy lives and breathes Street Painting, always excited by the chance to work at what she loves, getting spectators across the globe that form in amazement to interact through her performances and presentations.
How would you describe yourself in one word?
How did you get into Street Painting?
I stumbled upon a street painting festival in Santa Barbara back in 1997 and realized I had found my tribe! I signed up for the following year and the rest is history!
What’s your favorite part about what you do?
There are 2 aspects to street painting that I love: 1. Being fully conscious in the drawing or creating state, 2. Being able to share my inner visions, thoughts, philosophies & processes with viewers. Inviting them into my world and connecting through communicative exchanges around it.
Can you tell us something about your upcoming projects?
I am excited to announce that I’ll be presenting at TEDx San Diego in a few weeks. TED represents the pinnacle of creative acknowledgement globally. It’s such an amazing honor to have been invited! I’m also preparing for a second India 3d street painting tour through the US Consulate General – I’ll be conducting workshops at various art colleges and universities around India. I loved my first experience there so am really looking forward to this second tour. Lastly I am developing some new applications for 3d street painting works – it’s all under wraps at the moment but I plan on launching in the near future!
What would you say your biggest accomplishment is to date?
Being a professional street painter! Actually being able to make my livelihood by drawing on the street. This was barely possible about 10 years ago but now the world is seeing more and more the benefits of ephemeral art forms. I am so grateful that I am one of those lucky enough to have been able to devote my life to it.
What’s one of your most memorable experiences while painting?
I don’t have just one, but across the board I’d have to say that connecting with students around the globe through my workshop experiences has been the most rewarding aspect to this artistic life. We can share a unique experience that we’ll cherish throughout our lives, which is a true gift.
What inspires you?
A great work of art. Color, mark making, authentic creations, culture, humanity, music, literature, travel, cities, brilliant or original thinkers, doers and be-ers!
Is there anywhere you’ve not done a street painted that you’d really like to?
What themes do you explore in your paintings and why?
(They vary, but are there any you find yourself frequenting or any you stay away from entirely?) I tend to explore themes that challenge a viewers sense of perception – I love the way illusions work, hence my 3d works. If done properly, they can provide a sense of harmony or thoughtful revelation to the viewer. They can be exhilarating to behold. They challenge a viewers way of thinking and seeing. I also gravitate towards playful and/or beautiful images that pull you into them. I stay away from politics and religion!
What advice can you give to those yearning to be creative and do art but who aren’t motivated?
Listen to your heart – discover what you can be passionate about creatively. The mere act of making a work of art, no matter what form, will often foster a greater curiosity for exploration and engagement. Allow for this to take place. Be free and do not have expectations. More practically, find a method or mentor or teacher to assist you in your discoveries. Always stay the student – be open to new ideas and approaches.
If you are interested in seeing Tracy’s work eye to chalk and experiencing the full on illusions she so masterfully creates, visit her website www.tracyleestum.com where you can find her on the events calendar.