Tracey J. Russell grew up in Kansas City. She was very influenced by her father who was an art professor, and her stepmother an art history professor. Her father was a regionalist painter, who’s mentor and teacher was Thomas Hart Benton. Tracey grew up in a large family, where creativity was always encouraged.
She received her BFA from Baker University in Kansas. While in college, she was very fortunate to get to study art in France and Italy.
After college she moved to Denver and got a degree in Design at the Colorado institute of Art. After working a few jobs in graphic design, she realized her love of Fine Arts, and took a job as an art consultant with C.G. Rein Galleries at 21st and Market Street. In 1993, she opened the Russell Gallery, at 1660 Market Street in Denver. Also, in the 1990’s Tracey married and had a daughter. Her and her husband built their house on some acreage outside Morrison, Colorado. She could finally continue her painting practice!
After opening a studio and showing consistency in downtown Denver for 20 years, she has moved her studio to Boulder, CO, where she enjoys the beautiful trails and landscape of the Rocky Mountains.