Since 1983, Richmond painter/photographer Tracie Taylor (M.F.A. in Photography, Virginia Commonwealth University 1985) has captured numerous images of amusement parks, miniature golf courses, gardens and machinery and transformed them into highly creative statements of her own. Taking what the camera records as her starting point, Taylor manipulates her images by turning positive areas into negative ones, selectively framing details so that parts of the images are only semi-recognizable and by designing abstract formal and color relationships across the pictorial surface.
Her technical aids in this process include the modification of the image with hand cut stencils made with amberlith and ortho/litho films followed by handpainting in photo oils. By altering the color and composition of her images Taylor allows the viewer to enter a uniquely magical world. Reviewing Tracie Taylor Manipulated Hand Colored Photographs 1985-2000, at the Steven Scott Gallery C. M. Saffer wrote, for The Johns Hopkins News-letter, “In addition to the masterful and inventive craftsmanship
of Taylor's photographs, the works in themselves could be considered a multimedia exploration of black-and-white photography, color photography, painting and even collage. In manipulating the photographs and what is represented within them, the artist has created her own segue from reality. An exciting demonstration of the endless possibilities in the art of photography.”
Ms Taylor’s photo-paintings are in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., The Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, VA, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, WJZ-TV-13, Baltimore, MD, and numerous other corporate and private collections. In 2000 her work was included in “Gardener's Delight” and in 2006 “Vistas and Visions: Selected Landscapes from the Permanent Collection” both at National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Her photographs were chosen for two “Current Works,” juried exhibitions at the Society for Contemporary Photography in Kansas City, MO. She has participated in over seventy shows at Steven Scott Gallery two of which were solo exhibitions in 1990 and 2000. Publications include The Official Marshall’s Handcoloring Guide and Gallery. The Tools & Techniques of Handcoloring Using Marshall’s Materials and Handcoloring Photographs. How to Create Color Images from Black and White Photographs and "HANDCOLORING PHOTOGRAPHS," by James McKinnis. Taylor was formerly the Faculty Administrative Director of VCU's Photography and Film Program and currently works as the Fiscal Administrator for VCU's Vice Provost Office of Life Sciences. Steven Scott Gallery has represented the artist since it’s opening in 1988.