This week’s artist focus features CZT, Tracy Lucero. She’s a bit of a mystery and tends to stay in the background! But when she does post, WOW! It’s something spectacular! I had no idea she was a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)! I first became aware of Tracy’s art in Eni Oken’s Art Club. Tracy’s art had a polish to it that you don’t usually see in beginners like myself. I began to watch for her posts. When she joined the Facebook group Tangle It! Pattern Club, I started planning this article! I love merging the art with the artist!
Here is what Tracy shared about her art, life and the Zentangle ® Method.
“Hi everyone! I’m Tracy Lucero and I live in Overland Park Kansas, USA. I have a wonderful husband, 3 boys, a lovely daughter-in-law, 2 Great Danes and a cat. I’ve been interested in art for as long as I can remember. Drawing, painting, crocheting, mosaic, etc. The list is long and I love trying new things. Probably the one thing I’ve always done though, is doodling. Drawing on pretty much anything I could get my hands on – even things I shouldn’t be drawing on. 🙂
I don’t quite remember how, but I found a book online called, “One Zentangle A Day” by Beckah Krahula, CZT. The introductory pages talked about the creators Rick and Maria, the history of Zentangle and most importantly, the Zen that comes from tangling. I was hooked. I worked on the lessons each day until I finished the book. It was so much fun and I loved the “structure” of learning each tangle and creating little pieces of art combining different tangles together. I joined the Zentangle blog and when the Seminar dates were announced in 2016 to become a CZT, I knew I had to go. I have an extremely stressful job, so when I got done with Seminar, I couldn’t believe something in this world could be so uplifting and people could be so kind. I hadn’t felt that happy and at peace in a long time I realized. It was quite literally, one of the best experiences of my life. The positive, creative energy from CZT Seminar #23 was so wonderful. I’m pretty sure I drove my husband crazy when I got home and went on and on about it.
One of my favorite things about Zentangle isn’t just the art, it’s the sense of community, love, friendship, and positive support from people I don’t even know. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Kansas City, Canada, Switzerland or anywhere across the globe, everyone is just there to be encouraging and helpful. I went to ZenAgain in Nov 2016 and it too, was such a great experience. I joined Eni Oken’s Art Club this year and I find I really enjoy the structure of learning a specific lesson and working on that challenge until the next one comes out. The positive feedback and “caring critiques” have really helped me to grow as an artist. Seeing all the stunning artwork posted is so much fun. It’s not always easy to post my artwork online, but it’s getting easier and more fun as I become more confident in my ability. I look forward to more learning, meeting new people and growing as an artist.”
Tracy is another member of this great, compassionate community, that continues to awe me with it’s creativity and warmth for others. If you would like to follow Tracy’s Facebook page, you can find her here! There are many, many stories like Tracy’s, and each one is full of encouragement and hope! Take a moment and visit Zentangle.com. Find out for yourself why this Method has changed so many lives!