When Art Worlds Collide…Collaboration

Before I left for CHA I posted HERE about who I am today as an artist and it was about Collaboration vs Competition.  Funny how this rang true for me.  Upon meeting Andy Skinner I knew (ok, assumed) some things…he is English (accent gives it away), could be grumpy as he does not smile in his photos near often enough and our art styles could not be more different.  That was rather intimidating (but don’t tell him that).


His style is dark, distressed, antique, steam-punk and he uses tons of browns.  His work is amazing (again please don’t repeat that).  He actually makes things look rusted on purpose:


Someone commented on my Facebook that “Andy is a National treasure” so again I was intimidated.  My style on the other hand is…..well vibrant, bright, full of flowers and hearts, whimsical…and I don’t think I have used many if any shades of brown!

Upon working with him I realized he is funny, a prankster like me and never turn your back.  Also, he is too is passionate about what he does.  He gets nervous before workshops, demo’s, etc. and I can tell he cares that each and every person come away feeling inspired and creative.  We have that in common.  So maybe we were not that different.  Our sarcastic humor never left a dull moment at the booth.  There were moments of cheeky humor, photo bombing and creative competition.  Maybe there is something to Totally Tracy and Absolutely Andy.

a little behind the scenes video HERE…..

Stay tuned for a collaboration between Andy and me.  The Creative Dare has been set to work outside our comfort zones!


We have something in the works and our DecoArt worlds are about to collide.  I am excited to collaborate in 2015.  It is key to working with others in so many capacities and daring yourself to grow as a person and artist.  I DARE YOU ANDY SKINNER!

Live your life not as a bystander.  Live in this world, on this day, and everyday hereafter as an active participant.  Every morning, ask yourself what is really important to you, and then find the courage, wisdom and willpower to build your day around your answer.”

22 thoughts on “When Art Worlds Collide…Collaboration

  1. Great post Tracy, had the best fun working with you this year at CHA…. it’s such a shame you’re going down on this challenge though 😉

    • Please Andy…I know your rusted world is worried! Sunshine and flowers baby….all things happy LOL! I think we need to give some stuff away too and make it real fun!

  2. Sounds like you two were a match made in arty heaven! Really looking forward to seeing the challenge unfold. Please give him a really cheery non brown colour palette! Have fun. Suz (Surrey Crafts, student of Mr S). Xxx

  3. What a fun video- you two must have some stories with belly laughs included! I am so excited about your collaboration! Great inspirational art to be created for sure! “)

  4. Oh my now this is going to get very interesting and very, very funny lol! Although I am English, and quite possibly a little reserved until I get to know you better, but I am so in your camp Tracy – none of those dull browns – I want my world and my art to be about colour and colour that pops wonderfully and makes me smile which your art does.
    Not that I am dissing Andy in any way – he is genius at what he does and I would, one day, love to do a course with both of you! Although it is more likely that it would be with Andy.
    I am looking forward very much to see what you both come up with and don’t worry Tracy there are others like me who prefer the light and colourful lol! Karen xx

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