Tracy Lavely
Acrylic Palette Knife

Tracy Lavely, hales from Indianapolis, Indiana, She credits her hometown as the source for her early love of art, and the town where she met her husband of 41-years during high school. Her mother, an artist, inspired her love for painting, and young Tracy spent many hours absorbing her mother’s lessons. Her sister also became an artist, but Tracy took a different life path. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Criminal Justice, got married, and moved, eventually settling in Northern Virginia. After working various jobs in law firms, she found her career job with the Virginia Department of Corrections as a Probation and Parole Officer. Tracy was the Chief Probation and Parole Officer for Fairfax County, Virginia, managing a large office and staff, implementing creative programming, and collaborating with other community stakeholders to help people be better and to keep the community safe. She participated and presented in many correctional trainings, seminars, and conferences around the state of Virginia, on leadership development for executives. In 2018,

Tracy was awarded the national Outstanding Probation Executive of the Year. Tracy has been painting regularly for the past five years. As a self-taught artist, she found using the palette knife as her primary tool in laying color allowed her to create texture in her beach and coastal themed paintings. As a new resident of St Augustine, Tracy continues to expand her artistic vision and looks forward to meeting customers at the PAStA Fine Art Gallery.