Monday, November 15, 2010

EYE FOR ART Juried Exhibit 2010,
Thames Art Gallery

(had a great position for "Carnival"-first painting right by the door)

It's been awhile! Busy time for me but I thought I'd better post some pics of my latest foray into exhibiting, "Eye for Art" at the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, ON. It's a juried-in exhibition and I was very happy to get two paintings chosen. There were 61 pieces picked and I was disappointed to see that very few sold-fortunately I did sell one so far and am crossing my fingers on the other (the show runs until Dec. 1 so if anyone is in the area, check it out!)

Here are a few pics-I wasn't able to get to the opening as I had a severe cold/flu and as I stay with my sister in Chatham I didn't want to give the bug to her. She is off on missionary work for two months to Africa in Dec. so giving her any kind of an illness would be tragic!

(upstairs was my landscape, "Into Algonquin" which sold first night)

(love that little red "SOLD" dot to the left!)

(My large piece, "The Carnival" had someone entranced-funny how art is so different for everyone! Here is the quote from an article about the show...... "Tracy Root’s The Carnival had one aficionado fascinated by what he decided were her references to Picasso and Reubens." From

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Latest Painting Finally Finished!

"The Bus Stop"
28" High x 22" Wide
Oil on Stretched Canvas

Being a perfectionist is a funny thing. I am so excited about how a painting is turning out initially, then towards the end I start disliking this and that and this and that ad nauseum. I can count on one hand how many paintings I've been satisfied with over the years!

But irregardless, I finished my latest piece today entitled "The Bus Stop". A fairly large piece, it is 28" high x 22" wide and I'm in that rare moment when I'm fairly happy with how this painting turned out.

Lots to see in this one and I'm always open to constructive criticism! Cheers! Tracy

Sunday, May 30, 2010


**MEET THE ARTIST...Sunday June 20th****

If you are in the London, Ontario area on Sunday, June 20th, pop down to the Covent Garden Market, downtown London, Ontario T.M. Root will be there alongside other area artists to show some of her new work. She will be there every Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the summer months.
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Welcome to the World of Fine Artist TM Root!

Born in England in 1964 and immigrating to Canada when a young child, I have been both artistic and surrounded by the arts from the time I can remember. Having a father who shared my passion for anything creative and a fine artist in his own right, he was both a supporter and teacher through my growing up years. I don’t think there was ever any questions as to whether I would become a visual artist or not and I continued to develop my drawing skills throughout my early years, taking the odd class here and there and topping it off with a brief one year stint at the University of Windsor in their fine art program. I am inspired by two things. Nature...

and the Nature of Urban Man....

An odd, almost schizophrenic coupling some would think but both of these passions are what drives me to continue to create…both have been important in forming the artist, the person, that I am today. Without my love of nature and animals, and without the tumultuous love of urban living experienced through many years of my life I wouldn’t have been able to create with the passion I do today. The beauty of our natural world beside the beauty I see in, for example, a homeless person or a drug addict-the cliché of finding beauty in something so disturbing challenges those viewers to take a second look at many of my works. I am not a fan of the overdone“dark art” we see in abundance today, preferring to convey a subject some may consider dark, in a fresh and beautiful light.

Each piece I create is a reflection of me….artists are always said to be egocentric and I suppose I fit that label well. I question how anyone could create something if it is not but a piece of themselves? To this end one of my early influences was Van Gogh; as much for his complete and utter dedication to his craft and his quest to invoke the beauty of the peasant as for his style. His thick brushstrokes of pure color have helped mold my own style alongside the early cubists and even Modigliani and his wonderful capturing of personality in his portraits.


My philosophy on painting is to gain a viewers attention and attempt to show them their reality in a new and unique way. I have married both abstract and cubist methods together within the realms of realism and try to keep my palette both dramatic and simple at the same time. I have been blessed with the ability to create beauty but at the same time it is important to allow the viewer to experience their own personal feelings through the works; I believe a painting must accomplish both an aesthetic goal and an emotional one in order for me to deem it a success and each piece takes a small bit of my spirit with it leaving me a bit drained after the completion.


I am presently working on two series, the first “East of Adelaide” documenting the lives and landscapes of the eastern section of London, Ontario although it really could be the eastern part of any fairly large city. The second, Landscape of Life, which is a reflection on the lives and lands I’ve experienced over the past twenty years. Both are very autobiographical in nature and will be the most intimate look within the mind of this artist yet attempted.


I have sold several hundred commissions, portraits and illustrations internationally over the past eight years as a self-representing full time artist and am now seeking a gallery to represent my works. My goals are minimal-to be able to paint full time and dedicate myself to creating the new series.

I have a pet project called "The World of WyndenWood" ...

which I work on whenever I find the time! It is a graphic novel based upon some tiny winged creatures called "Relvins"...focusing specifically on one named Pip who is chosen to be the unlikely hero in a world that is in desperate need to be the project is ongoing, I'll be keeping you posted!

Commissons are always available. I specialize in

* Animal Portraiture *


and * Illustrations

People portraits are also available but I suggest you check out my work first as I have a very unique style and do not paint in the photorealistic style expected by some clients. I have had 100% satisfaction with my commissions and can easily work with clients throughout the world. For any inquiries, please email or call from below.....

I can be reached at

Tracy (TM) Root 1-226-663-0969