There’s a secret known only to a few of the people who purchase Tracy Guiteau’s paintings. Hidden beneath the swirls of paint and colors, are words that express some of her deepest thoughts and feelings.
“My artwork is my journal,” Guiteau said. “I write first on the canvas then paint over it. Sometimes if you look closely, you’ll be able to make out a few words or phrases. I want the viewer to work and find the message.”
The 29-year-old New York native attended the renowned Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a degree in fashion design. Inspired by 19th century post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh and Austrian painter Gustave Klimt, Guiteau’s paintings mimic the delicate strokes and soft spirals seen in Van Gogh’s and Klimt’s work while simultaneously fusing her own colorful touches and highlights.