Tracy Turner
Biography * Artist News * Shows

"As a native of the west, I grew up surrounded by landscapes of astonishing diversity, light and beauty.

Coming into the world this way, I developed a great passion for wild places and a love for the infinite ways color and light manifest with form on this earth.

My work is a reflection of that love and seeks to express a magical reality with color as the universal language. I play with its endless variety and vibrancy, translating my own sense of joy and mystery of the physical world onto canvas.

After starting a painting outdoors, I will spend perhaps more time with it in the studio, where I can bring in my own impressions and memories. Using a glazing technique, I add layers of color to the surface of the painting, which gives depth and a high saturation to the colors, and satisfies my love for the feeling of a work being lit from within.

I have found great kinship with the art of the Fauve painters, Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keefe, Ansel Adams, Canadian painters Emily Carr and Lawren Harris, and the great Russian mystic painter Nicholas Roerich. I love their bold expressions of color and light, and a reverence for nature.

For me, painting is devotion. It is a simple, ongoing prayer to the natural world, a visual narrative of the beauty I see everywhere."



Annual Local Color Exhibition

"Voices of the Rio Grande"

June 2011, Gallery on the Green, Taos, NM

"Spirit of Betsy"~ Jurors Choice Award

"Wild Sky, Wild Rivers" oil on canvas 36"x48"


"For the Love of Art~

Opening a Creative Door"

Taos Gallery group show~ February 2011

"Prelude to the Eclipse" pastel 14"x18" p

original art sold



October 2nd 2010 was the opening of a two woman show called Adventures In Color, a celebration of a 15 year friendship and painting partnership.

Over a period of 6 months, A.C Ward and I each painted 8 paintings from the same locations.....two different visions of the same motif. We painted in our little village of Arroyo Seco, and took some day trips around Northern New Mexico.

The result has been a wonderful show of 16 paintings, and lots of great memories.




with Anee (A.C.) in White Sands, New Mexico10 years ago!

Tracy and Anee 2010


A sale at the opening reception...I love those red dots!

At the opening of Adventures In Color, A.C and I with painter Leigh Gusterson and singer~songwriter Jenny Bird



~ Recent Shows at Gallerie Corazon ~

Canyon Country



Dancing Cottonwoods











Fontaine de Vaucluse on a pink wall !

Last Glow on the River at the entrance of the gallery.


For inquiries about purchasing original art~






Carmello the gallerie bunny



"Inside The Canyon, Visions of Canyon De Chelly"


"Dwelling Within" and "Where the Rivers Meet"



"Fall Colors, October On The Rio Grande", and "Conejos River in Fall"

"The Ancient Song of Purple Asters"

"Valleys, Canyons & Vistas"

View in the gallery


"A Swirl of Liquid Light" and "Suzannes View"


China Cove, Point Lobos 36"x48" oil on canvas



At age 20, Tracy Turner Sheppard discovered the joy of plein~air painting while living in Aix-en-Provence, France as an art student. She traveled throughout the countryside of southern France and northern Italy painting in some of the favorite spots of Van Gogh, Cezanne and the Fauve painters.
She continued her education at the Portland School of Art in Portland, Maine, and The College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she received a full scholarship and her BFA.  With a degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design, she went on to create a successful career as a fine art illustrator, working nationally in editorial, fine art publishing, and advertising print.

Wild Rivers overlook, New Mexico

A beautiful apple orchard in Pilar, New Mexico


Returning to her original passion for studio and plein~air painting, Turner Sheppard is now living in Northern New Mexico.

She paints the landscape in brilliant colors, seeking to capture a beautiful presence within the elements of light, color and place.

Painting by the Chama River

Travels and painting inspiration trips

Grand Canyon, April 2009

With Alyce Frank on the South Rim


A week taking in this spectacular beauty!


Our favorite painting spot, Moran Point, backed right up to the edge of the canyon!

Tailgate painting with Alyce

Visiting my friend Ronda and exploring the Napali coast


The Island of Kauai, May 2008.

I had the opportunity to spend 10 days in Kauai .....and after a long cold winter in the mountains of Northern New Mexico, this was a wonderful treat!

Inspired by the exquisite beauty of this island, I painted "Hawaiian Moonrise".



Turquoise-blue ocean in Moloa Bay, Kauai


Graceful, fragrant Plumeria carpeting the ground !!


Provence, France, July 2008

In July 2008 , we traveled to Provence, France, a part of the world I have been connected with ever since my first visit in the late 70's as an art student. The lavender was in full bloom, and we celebrated my birthday under a full moon overlooking the Luberon Valley! The inspiration I get here is extraordinary.....I think this is one of my favorite places, and a source of many of my paintings.





Abbey Senanque



In the villiage of Simiane La Rotunde with my husband David.



With my dear friend Fiona on my birthday. She and I met as students in Aix-en-Provence, France.


AliCanyon de Chelly, September 2008




To see paintings and photographs from this adventure I took with the Taos Art School:

Art & Music!

To visit the website of talented singer-songwriter, Jenny Bird visit

Her music is so inspiring, and it has been a delight to contribute my art to the covers of four of her cd's


Limited Edition Giclee Prints of Sanctuary are available in an edition of 300. All prints are handsigned and numbered on archival paper or canvas

14"x14" image size $200 archival paper

$250 giclee on canvas




The Summer of Lavender Festivals! 222007007

2007 Poster artist for "Lavender in the Village" at historic Los Poblanos lavender farm in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

With Heidi Kujat, sculptor and owner of Gallerie Corazon at the Abiquiu Lavender Fesitval, Purple Adobe Lavender Farm