Tracey Siedenburg

Student Spotlight: Tracey Siedenburg

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This week in the spotlight, we meet Tracey Siedenburg!

Q: Tracey, Give us a day in your life! Where are you from and what else fills your days?
A: I live in beautiful Western Washington where I am a wife, mother (5 adult children, 3 of them married) and grandma (to 3). After retiring from homeschooling my children from K-12th grade, I now have more time for creative pursuits. A few years ago I found SBS and have enjoyed learning and creating through the courses.

Tracey Siedenburg sketch

Q: How did your creative journey start?
A:
 Since childhood I have loved creating things. Coloring/drawing as a young child, crafts and painting as a I grew older. My youth brought art classes in school, cooking, sewing, window painting, cake decorating, play backdrops, lettering, etc. Then homeschooling brought on many more creative endeavors.

Tracey Siedenburg sketch work

Q: Are you involved in any other creative activities?
A:
 Presently I teach a weekly art class to 3 homeschool students. We just finished a block printing project. My students found carving and printing very satisfying! One of my sons-in-law is thinking of pursuing writing a children’s book and has asked if I might like to illustrate it for him. That will be a new adventure for sure! Tracey Siedenburg dog sketch

Q: Tell us about the moment your creative habit “clicked” for you. What made you want to draw or create art?
A:
 I believe we were created to reflect our Creator therefore creativity is built into us. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t being creative in some way. Almost every area of life offers an opportunity to be creative. Now that I have more free time I have pursued new materials and techniques.

Tracey Siedenburg nature sketch

Q: What has your creative practice taught you?
A:
 I have learned to take a given situation or piece of artwork and approach it with a “How can I make this work?” attitude. I look for positive solutions instead of pursuing negative thoughts of defeat.

Tracey Siedenburg drawing

Q: What is one artist or project inspiring you right now?
A:
 Planning lessons and projects for my students and passing on my love of creating to them.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a brand new artist or someone who’s just recently joined SBS, what would it be?
A: Perfection is an unnecessary pursuit. Relax and you will find joy in the process of creating!

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