"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." -Pablo Picasso
Tracy Ellyn's career began in New York, Europe and Asia, where she endeavored to provide the highest quality art and design services, in particular in the area of fashion design, and also including graphic design, textile design, interior design and fine art. As a designer in Manhattan and now Miami, she has had the opportunity to travel around the world designing, visiting museums and side streets, collecting photographs, textiles, books, visuals and art objects along the way, with which to inspire herself and others. Now, her great joy is sharing this wealth of inspiration with the next generation of adults and children, and watching wide-eyed people grin from ear to ear as they discover their world and have their own mastery experiences.
Since her first dress on the cover of Cosmopolitan at age 22, her clients and companies she has worked for have included Christian Dior, Diane Von Furstenberg, Argenti, Calvin Klein, Natori, Google, MSN, AT&T, The Democratic National Committee, and many more. Her product development experience extends from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Europe, India, and domestic locations, and her art education trips are geared toward European and US art and design meccas. Her work has been published throughout the US and Europe.
Paying all this inspiration forward is of greater value than the sum of its parts. To that end, Tracy remains a dedicated art educator and arts philanthropy facilitator, so as to teach, inspire and acculturate the next generation of young talent and provide growth and healing via the arts. Tracy also provides therapeutic arts programs in residential and individualized settings, and covers a broad spectrum of physical, mental, neurological and educational disabilities for all ages, as well as individual and family needs.
The majority of Tracy's current work is dedicated to her own studio artwork. She is perhaps best known for creating multiple-layered works containing her drawings, paintings, photography and writing in several languages within each individual piece, thus communicating a holistic, universal aesthetic experience. Transparent and backlit, these oversized pieces transcend the genres of contemporary, modern or post-modern, and are viewed by her collectors as contemplative, thought-provoking and healing. Her artwork has been described as "a harmonious symphony between fine art and spiritual sensibilities."
Tracy is honored to have created the Steven Sotloff Memorial. She was also selected in 2014 by American Arts and Medicine Blog as one of 7 of: "The Top American Artists in the Art for Healing Genre," and was recently juried into the Exposure 2015 Exhibition at The Louvre. She is also a Fellow of the Jewish Art Salon and member of Manhattan Arts International's The Healing Power of Art and Artists, both in New York City.
Tracy Ellyn holds a Master’s Degree (MS) in Art Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fashion Design. She is a member of the National Art Education Association and served as contributing editor to School Arts Magazine. She is a 3-time recipient of the National Art Education Association’s “Purposes, Principles and Standards Award for School Art Programs.”
Inspiration is everywhere and it is infinite... Enjoy! "To see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour." -William Blake.