Tracie is a visual and performing artist and has been throughout the country and overseas working in the arts. She currently lives in New York City and is originally from the small town of Wintersville, Ohio near the border of the state, which she describes as Steeler Country.
She is a Congressional Arts Caucus Award recipient, and had one of her paintings displayed in the US Capitol Building as part of a one-year collection. She is a graduate of Chatham University, where she studied Arts Management with a concentration in Visual Art and Art History. She is also a veteran of the United States Navy, where she was a mechanic on the flight line based in Northern Japan.
Her professional visual art credits include murals and décor for many restaurants throughout the country including in Rainforest Cafés, Landry’s, Joes Crab Shack, and along the Keemah Boardwalk near Galveston, Texas. She has been part of the team at Spaeth Design, where she helped create and build the Christmas windows for Macy’s in New York City as well as those for Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue. She also worked for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission helping to restore artifacts for the museums of Pennsylvania. As a performer she has appeared on television and the silver screen as well tours entertaining the troops overseas in Korea, Kuwait and Iraq.
AcuteByDesign is a small publishing ensemble that started in a hidden small garage in the valleys of lower Fairfield County. We are now proudly located in Marlborough, CT. AbyD is dedicated to providing new and emerging writers, illustrators, editors, social media, and marketing wanna-be's the opportunity to be!
Our concept is that "each one helps one!" So if you want to publish with AbyD, you must become a working member of an "ensemble" consisting of a project manager, editor, reviewer, social media, and marketing folks.
You not only work on the production of your book but support the creation, review, and marketing of the books produced by other members of your ensemble. We encourage you to touch base with us and ask questions. This project may have been created just for you!
AbyD recruits from the ranks of those who wish to learn and grow in the publishing industry. We provide a platform for minorities and others who are under-represented in the world of publishing- but embrace everyone into our tiny house. We work diligently to include artisans whose work reflects the diversity and multiculturalism of our world. Our en-sembles create and embrace books so that children of all races, cultures, and religions can touch the gift of literature. We want our writing and illustrations to embrace that our girls and boys are equals in their abilities to dream and to achieve as they have imagined.