Vancouver-born, painter Kathy Traeger knew from the minute she discovered crayons, that she would be an artist. In 1985, after graduating from a two year program in Visual Art and Design she officially started working as a graphic designer. Traeger has worked for various design studios, advertising agencies, printing facilities in both Canada and the USA. After a career spanning 32 years in the design industry, Traeger has followed her true passion and transitioned to full time visual artist. Kathy Traeger is a signature member with the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA), is an elected member with the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and has recently achieved signature status (ISAP) with the International Society of Acrylic Painters.
Traeger doesn’t lean towards traditional landscapes or subject matter. She loves to bring a hyper realist style into her work. Inspiration is pulled from urban landscapes, old buildings, weathered signage, anything that is iconic, eclectic or rusty. There are stories in all of these forgotten treasures just waiting to be unleashed in a painting.
Traeger works with primarily in acrylics, and is constantly experimenting with different textured backgrounds on wood cradled panels and canvas.
Evoking a memory, creating a unique story or adding a whimsical touch, through both the visual piece and the title of the work. My work is a reflection of my personality, often described as either humorous, contemplative or something in between. I don’t just practice my art, I live for my art, it’s my heart and soul, it gets me up in the morning and keeps me awake at night thinking.