Tracy Burtz studied with some of the greats in New York and Paris, but she found her personal "voice" and style only after, as she says, "unlearning all I'd learned from my famous teachers." Tracy's still lifes and paintings of women explore intimate moments of everyday life and the emotions they evoke. Her canvases comprise a variety of patterns and moods in often subtle but radiant colors. Tracy seeks the harmony and tension created by the interplay of shapes and patterns on the flat surface. "In making a painting, the abstract elements are very important to me,” says Burtz. “The composition, color, light, space, brushstroke, and paint quality are vital to the whole.” For Tracy's first. exhibition in the Southeast, we have chosen paintings that create a small survey of her work from the last 20 years.