We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy Pshyk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracy, what do you want people to remember about you?
For me this is a no brainer. I want my legacy to be my art. Not just my paintings as physical picture you see on the wall but the idea behind my works and the way they make you think or feel. . As I delve deeper into myself I keep finding things I translate onto canvas and I hope people can feel that long after I am gone. Whether its realism or something crazy and surrealistic there is some of my soul in there. I hope it creates feelings of inspiration for future artists!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been an artist since very young and have always been a creative minded person. I am a self taught oil painter and I have been painting for 18 years. I’ve been doing art professionally for just over three years now so I am still pretty new to it and developing my brand. I have incorporated other mediums into what I do; polymer clay, resin, acrylic paint, etc. I love to change up my style of art and really need to be able to grow and express my spirituality through my work. I have been doing photorealistic cannabis art pretty heavily over the last year and a half and it has been a whirlwind. . As a user and an advocate of cannabis the purpose of my collection is not just to highlight a unique and beautiful plant, but to also aid in destigmatizing cannabis, Painting cannabis has taught me that people are still very unsure of previous negativity surrounding it. I had a lot of censorship especially online and still have trouble finding “appropriate” venues to hold a show. I won’t stop though because the censorship is almost part of the art and part of the story. I am so proud of the cannabis collection, its definitely my favorite thing i have done. They are so fun to paint and the cannabis community is the most chill bunch of people. Having them as your customer base is a treat in itself. Even with that I’ll never say been easy doing art professionally. There is no regular paycheck. What I put in is what I get out of it. I am my social media manager, shipper and receiver, I do my own markets, I organize all my shows, I order all supplies and sometimes its a struggle. I love it and after working for myself doing what I actually love I don’t think I could work for anyone else again. Eventually, I want to get other up and coming artists onboard with my company “Snow and Swirl Artistry” and have a collective but that is a few years away yet. I am so excited to keep building my brand and getting other artists involved. Its challenging getting your art out there when you do a more eccentric or surreal style of art, as the art community is predominantly run by older more traditional artists. My upcoming collection, alongside the cannabis art, is focusing on Moths and is in a more surrealistic direction. Moths are just something I feel attached to so I want to make a tribute to them, possibly incorporating realistic elements as well.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Go to the beach. Bertram Beach is amazing as well as Kelowna City Park Where they have ebikes and scooters for rent for the boardwalk. Downtown Kelowna Has OEB Breakfast, best place downtown to catch breakfast or get coffee at Bean Scene, a local beanery. Parasailing in city park as well. Spend one day AT LEAST wine and brewery touring. There is over 100 wineries and 30 breweries. best wineries Are Vibrant vine and Summerhill but theres so many. Bad tattoo brewery is amazing downtown or go to scenic road cider in Glenmore. Myra canyon Tressels Bike Ride and Zipline makes an awesome family activity. Or the Kangaroo farm which is amazing for obvious reasons.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Well, my mom and boyfriend, hands down, get the “Best Supporter Awards”. They are the closest to me and have backed me up completely in this crazy art journey whether it be physically helping or just being a shoulder to cry on (hey, they call it starving artist for a reason, ok). But I also have to give a major shoutout to every stranger who has supported my work. To anyone who bought an original painting or a print. To everyone who gushes over my paintings in person or when I post them online. I have so many people i don’t know messaging me all the time just to say they love my stuff and want to see more. When people share your stuff online it goes such a long way. All these little interactions are what makes this business so amazing and keep that creative drive going.