Tracy Klinesteker

Kalamazoo, MI, United States

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“Standing in the cold with a seismically red autumn leaf; its color hitting our senses like a blow from a stun gun. We stand with a huge grin, too paralyzed by the intricately veined gaudiness of the leaf to move.” Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

I have always reacted very strongly to color. As my favorite author Diane Ackerman describes above, I am sometimes too stunned to move. I paint with soft pastels because of my love for pure color. Pastel sticks are pure pigment with binder added to keep them together. The lesser the binder, the purer the pigment, the softer the pastel. Soft pastels blend beautifully and create lovely, painterly brushstrokes. I use hard pastels and pencils for straight edges and fine details.

I layer color over color to create blends. I work with sticks, pencils, and rubber smudgers. With pastels, I can make wonderful marks to create texture and depth. Although I tend to favor detail in my paintings, the freedom of loosening up allows me to experiment with a variety of styles. Occasionally, I begin with a watercolor underpainting which adds a glowing, atmospheric effect. My subjects are eclectic. If a scene strikes me, I’ll capture it. I find the challenge exhilarating. Overall, my paintings are about celebrating the color I find in the world around me, while having as much fun as I can have.

Showing 1–6 of 17 results

Winter Mosaic, 2022

Pastel on Paper

15" x 18"

$800

Beaver Island Marsh, 2021

Pastels & Pencils on Panel

13.5" x 10.5"

$1300

Art Class, 2020

Pastels & Pencils on Paper

11" x 14"

$250

Blue Indigo, 2019

Pastels & Pencils on Paper

18" x 25"

$650

Elysian Lake, 2021

Pastels & Pencils on Paper

13.5" x 14.5"

$400

Lighthouse on a Knoll, 2019

Pastels & Pencils on Paper

15" x 18"

$550

Locks of Love, 2021

Pastels & Pencils on Panel

27.5" x 21.5"

$5200

Martini on the Rocks, 2018

Pastels & Pencils on Paper

23" x 31"

$7800

Mattei’s Porch, 2022

Pastels & Pencils on Panel

19" x 16"

$1050

Nestled, 2021

Pastels & Pencils on Paper

14.5" x 17.5"

$400

November Morn First Snow, 2020

Pastels & Pencils on Paper

16" x 22.5"

$900

November Sky, 2018

Pastels & Pencils on Paper

19" x 16"

$250

Plate with Avocado & Blood Oranges, 2018

Pastels & Pencils on Paper

15" x 17.5"

$650

Shipwreck Rocks, 2019

Pastels & Pencils on Panel

16" x 19"

$900

Spring Leaf, 2020

Pastels & Pencils on Panel

26.5" x 20.5"

$3900

Where the Buoys Are, 2019

Pastels & Pencils on Paper

21.5" x 18.5"

$550

The Berm, 2022

Pastels & Pencils on Paper

18" x 21"

$1050