ABOUT TRACY DENNISON
My mother sang in New York nightclubs in the thirties when she met my father. As war broke out he enlisted in the Air Force. They married in 1942, and Dad went to Europe to fight and Mom went to Hollywood and worked in an aircraft factory. They were reunited at the end of the war when I was 14 months old.
As a child I was enthralled by the stories my mother told of nights singing at the Zebra Club. She had gotten a dream job singing on a luxury cruise ship bound for Cuba, but war ended the dream, and an era.
We traveled the west, and finally settled in Southern California. As the new kid in school, my creativity helped ease the transitions between moves. I was always drawing in my notebooks.
At eighteen, I enrolled at Stephens College and later the University of Arizona to study art and dress design.
After graduation I moved back to Los Angeles where I worked in the fashion industry while continuing to paint in my off hours.
In 1976, I painted a beach picture with figures in 30's style clothing. Something about the images resonated for me. The stories of another era appeared in my work. It was at that point I realized that I could merge all things I loved into my paintings, and my Art Deco collection was born.