Tracy Miller, artist and gallery owner, is “on a mission to get people to see western art in a different light.” A lifelong artist, her parents saw talent in their daughter at a very young age. After college, Tracy worked at a gallery in Denver and shortly thereafter developed a love for silk painting. She found success in this field for over 15 years while also teaching at Pike’s Peak College.
In late 2011, with her husband’s encouragement, Tracy opened her Manitou Springs gallery. This was after years of “earning her chops” in different forms of the business, from art consultant at Gallery One to art fairs, wholesaling and studio tours to the original Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs, she built clientele and surpassed her wildest expectations. Tracy’s art is stunning, depicting contemporary western art in vibrant and bold colors. Due to the popularity of her work, most of Tracy’s pieces are not seen in her gallery, but are commissioned art pieces.
"One of my main business plans was to find a happy medium between affordable art at top quality or what I call mid-career artists with 15-20 years under their belt." Bringing in known entities is important to me. They must have an established following to fit into my gallery. I love playing a part in my artists' careers and looking at their brand from a business owner’s perspective, while also appreciating the artistic nature of their work. “I am inspired as I watch their careers, see their work, and appreciate how they find balance in their own lives. They are my heroes!” Blending her business mind and artistic talents, she is invited frequently to speak about her pragmatic approach to art.
This Colorado Springs trailblazer, who is “constantly humbled by other artists calling her their inspiration,” finds her artistic purpose in creating pieces that truly are “an investment in joy.”