We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy and Sushe Felix and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracy and Sushe, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Tracy: It only seemed natural as I was always interested in art. It just happened that a job in the gallery business came along when I was young and one thing lead to another. When Sushe and I first got married in 1984 we started our own gallery which was not economically successful, but we learned a lot about how to be professional artists. Sushe: Starting at an early age the visual arts have always been the most important element in my life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Tracy: My paintings are stylized landscapes with an emphasis on striking geology and sweeping skies. I started showing in Denver in 1985 and had a roller coster early ten years. My wife Sushe and I never gave up on the gallery world or were discouraged enough to give up. Thankfully we persisted with our art and enjoy where our careers are today. Sushe: I started showing my art professionally in 1984 in Denver. As I stated before, my work has gone through several evolutions over the years and ultimately what I realized was that regardless of the struggle or disappointment at times, I had to keep moving forward and keep trying. All of the different experiments and evolutions in my work eventually led me to the work I love producing today. I am very grateful to be able to continue to create the artwork I find the most fulfillment in and to make a living from it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well if you are visiting Denver we give you many great suggestions. First start on the west side and visit Red Rocks Amphitheater. Then downtown Denver and hit the museums such as the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Clifford Still Museum and History Colorado. The museums are in the Golden Triangle and have many good galleries in the area. Good restaurants everywhere downtown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Tracy: I started working in the art business, gallery world in 1977. I was exposed to many great regional artists that worked in Colorado and New Mexico and my own artwork changed for the better because of these artists. Charles Bunnell, William Sanderson, Emil Bistram, Ward Lockwood and Vance Kirkland were just a few. Sushe: I have gone through several evolutions in my work over the years and in the late 1980’s I became very interested in the Regionalist Movement. This slowly evolved into an interest in the Modernist Movement. I was especially interested in the Transcendental Painting Group based in New Mexico. The artwork of Raymond Jonson, Emil Bisttram and Agnes Pelton were of the most interest to me. By the late 1990’s my style had been solidly established and I feel I found my true heart and soul in the work I was producing.