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. Now 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 (AFCA) and has recently become and elected member with the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA).
Traeger doesn’t lean towards traditional landscapes or subject matter. She loves to bring a hyperrealist 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.
My vision is to now inject my personality into paintings reflecting more everyday Canadians doing everyday things. With such a diversified culture I want to turn my focus towards the human aspect. By capturing the intimacy, emotion, or that one raw uninterrupted moment that perhaps only I might see.
Federation of Canadian Artists
The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) was founded in 1941 by a group of Canadian artists, including the Group of Seven luminary, Lawren Harris. The FCA continues to operate as a registered not for profit society with members throughout the world and Chapters in Western Canada. The FCA is dedicated to raising artistic standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of knowledge and achievement by offering what is believed to be the first completely artists sponsored gallery in Canada. The Federation Gallery is located on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, featuring bi-monthly juried exhibitions of works by emerging and Signature members as well as two juried international shows held annually, Painting on the Edge and AIRS.
Society of Canadian Artists
Raising the profile of Canadian art by supporting Canadian artists
Art is a voice. And in Canada – where our unique diversity of language, landscape and passion nurtures the creative spirit like few other places on earth – our artists comprise a chorus. Sometimes elegant, sometimes discordant. Through sculpture and paint, video and design software, cameras and conté crayons, the creative are saying something.
Our work is beautiful. It’s unsettling. It explores darkness. It illuminates. It tells of history, rooted in our land and experience. It imagines the future, fearsome or dazzling. In a country so creatively diverse, art is an anthem. The Society of Canadian Artists wants the world to know the tune.