artist Tracey Hewitt with her work "Turquoise Tranquility", which is being auctioned for the charity Blue HOPE

 

Tracey Hewitt is an Queensland author and artist who has spent her life making things. From the time she was a small girl sewing with her Nanna, she has sought creative expression in many avenues.

As well as her role as office manager for her family’s Central Queensland farming business; Tracey creates artwork, writes, and prepares art journaling classes for people who are keen to flex their creativity, but aren’t sure where or how to start.

Tracey was born in Brisbane, then went straight ‘home’ to Quilpie, in the South West of Queensland, where her Mum endured 2 years of dust, flies and heat before she told her Dad “No more.” He quite agreed, so it was back to Brisbane for her formative years, high school, and college. But the wide open spaces (and dust, flies and heat) must have seeped into her soul; and given that the love of her life owned a cattle property he wasn’t leaving, Tracey – gleefully abandoning an art teaching degree to marry her salt of the earth farmer – made her home in Central Queensland.

She now lives just out of Theodore where she’s lived and loved since 1982. She has raised 3 lively sons while fine-tuning her skills in fine art, photography, writing and textiles. Ironically, the art teaching she was once anxious to flee from has become a source of delight and fulfillment.

From the convivial chaos that is her life, she sometimes ventures off to fine tune her creative skills. The Internet is also a rich source of inspiration and educational opportunities, made all the more appealing because there is no need to travel, and she can attend class in her favourite yoga pants.

She has a thing for funky cowgirl boots, yoga, travel, and soulful conversations; and her grandbabies think she sings the best “Incy Wincy Spider” the world has ever heard. Others might disagree.

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