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Tracy Rocca was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She moved frequently as a child, finally settling in Seattle to study advertising at the University of Washington. As a painter, she is largely self-taught.
Explorations with alkyd and blurred photographs are what inspired her first paintings. Rocca enjoys painting for its therapeutic qualities. Each of her paintings is built up of thin layers. During this process, a trademark luminous glow emerges in the centre of the canvas, which is intended as a meditative focus point. ‘The goal of my work is to create a place where the mind can rest,’ she says.
Since 2001, her work has been exhibited across the United States. Rocca is now a mother of two and paints in her home studio in Albuquerque.