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Tracy Proctor

The Artist

Tracy Proctor is a third generation Calgarian, artist, teacher and founder of Swirl Fine Art and Design Inc. As a self-taught artist, she has been painting almost as long as she has been walking. Her background in Interior Design has influenced her love for color and composition. Tracy teaches encaustic workshops throughout Alberta and will soon be opening a state-of-the art studio in Calgary for her students and clients.

“I have a passion for encaustic (an ancient process fusing bees wax, dammar resin and oil paint with heat). I paint intuitively; layering, carving, scraping and fusing. The spontaneity of the process creates a real sense of energy. An unfolding of a mystery is revealed as each layer is built up and gouged away. Encaustic has the vibrancy of colour inherent in oil, sculptural texture and a quickness of drying that suits my impatient temperament.  Yet the wax has an ethereal and luminous quality that cannot quite be achieved with any other medium.”

Traveling through the vast natural beauty of Western Canada has been a major source of inspiration for me. This personal experience finds expression as re-imagined vistas and dreams capes”.

Her Art

Different Strokes Art Gallery is privileged to feature Tracy’s work. Interested buyers may obtain further information at the Gallery, by phone at 403.556.2233 or email

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5010 – 50th Avenue Olds, Alberta 403.556.2233

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What’s Different about Different Strokes?

Different Strokes Art Gallery is committed to broadening the confines of what individuals think of when they hear the term "Gallery". We believe that art is not necessarily meant to be quiet and passive - a gallery should have the same passion for its exhibited artworks that the artists have for their own work. Different Strokes exhibits all forms of art by artists and artisans, mainly from Alberta, focusing on the artist and not just the art work. We welcome all art lovers to come in, be our guest, and appreciate the many different shapes, forms and sizes that art can take.

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