Vancouver-born, painter Kathy Traeger’s work is a reflection of her personality, often described as either humorous, contemplative or something in between. She graduated from Kwantlen College in 1985 as a commercial artist and has worked for various design studios, advertising agencies, printing facilities in both Canada and the USA. In 2017 after a career spanning 32 years in the design industry, she followed her true passion and transitioned to full time visual artist. Kathy is a Signature member with the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA) and an elected member with the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA). She has been featured in the books AcrylicWorks4: Captivating Color and AcrylicWorks6: Creative Energy (releasing in 2019). Her paintings are held in private collections across North America.
Traeger doesn’t lean towards traditional landscapes or subject matter. She loves to bring a hyperrealist style into her work, evoke a memory, create a unique story or add a whimsical touch, in both the visual piece and the title of the work. Inspiration is pulled from her beloved “chucks”, urban landscapes, old buildings, weathered signage, anything that is iconic, eclectic or rusty. There are stories in all of these forgotten treasures just waiting to be unleashed in a painting.