Thursday, February 17, 2011

Artist Interview and $150 Limited Edition Print Giveaway!! Smoky Mountain Art

Original Watercolor Iris

One thing I have loved about Knoxville is the close proximity of the Smoky Mountains.  They are gorgeous and perfect for a hike, picnic, or bike ride. 

This week I am interviewing Tracy from Smoky Mountain Art.   He has beautiful prints of scenes from the Smoky Mountains in all different sizes and on note cards as well as the cutest painting of elephants!  I love elephants!

Some of my favorites:

Check out his inspiring interview, HUGE $150 PRINT GIVEAWAY, and discount details below.

Hey Tracy! Welcome! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your art.
I am from Cosby, TN; a small rural community located Northeast of Gatlinburg. I have been married to my wonderful wife Jennifer for sixteen years and we are expecting our first baby this April. I have been painting for about seventeen years in both oil and watercolor.  The abundance of subject matter in and around the Smoky Mountains has become the focus of most of art. Flowers and the changing seasonal landscapes of this region all find their way into my art.

Besides the beautiful prints and note cards you have in your Etsy store, what else do you like to do?
Spring is my favorite time of year and I always enjoy getting my hands a little dirty planting flowers and freshening up the landscaping around our home.  We have three cats that like to try to help and they are always fun to watch hiding and playing in the shrubs and flowers. I also like spending time in the mountains maybe hiking, a picnic in Cades Cove or just taking a scenic drive.  The last couple years Jennifer and I have enjoyed visiting outdoor arts and craft shows in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. I love to see all the interesting things people create with their hands. It is really inspiring to see these artists creating unique handmade art.

What first drew you to arts and crafts, especially painting?
I got a late start in art.  I drew a little when I was young but our local schools did not have any art classes so I was never encouraged to develop my artistic talents until my senior year in collage when I took an introduction course in painting.  After college I still thought of my art as a hobby until I visited the Jim Gray Gallery in Gatlinburg and finally realized painting is what I want to do. I was so inspired by Jim's art and the fact that he was making a living doing what he loved.  I later applied for a job with Jim Gray Gallery and was given the opportunity to doing custom framing while I developed my painting skills.  I have been selling my work at the Jim Gray Gallery for about fifteen years now.

What inspires you?
The beauty of nature more than anything.  After a trip to the mountains I am always inspired to paint that new smoky mountain scene I just discovered.

What advice would you give to aspiring artists and Etsy shop owners?
I am new to Etsy and still learning but as far as being an artist just do what you love.  I always seem happier when I am working towards a goal.  Set your artistic goals high and don't give up.

Find Tracy on his website here, at his Etsy Store here, and on Facebook here or e-mail him at

The following businesses carry Tracy Webb fine art prints. Please visit them if you are in their area!

Woolworth Walk/ Asheville, TN 
25 Haywood Street (828) 254-9234
The Shops At Carousel Gardens / Gatlinburg, TN 37738
     At Red Light #3  Parkway / 321 intersection             
Jim Gray Gallery / Gatlinburg, TN 37738
     On Glades Road in the Arts and Crafts Community  (865)436-8988
Jim Gray Gallery/ Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 
Across from the Old Mill  (865)428-2202
In honor of highlighting local, east Tennessee artists, Tracy is
hosting a
giveaway here at A Girl and Her Scout! He will be giving
away a $150.00 Limited Edition print on watercolor paper of  "Foothills Autumn."

Also seen here.

The winner will be chosen (via a random assorter) on
March 16, 2011 so be sure to get in your entries by then!

To enter, head over to his Etsy Store,  Smoky Mountain Art,
and leave a comment here about your favorite item(s). Seven possible additional entries for each of the following. 
(Be sure to leave additional comments for each entry.)

1) Making a purchase here at Tracy's Gallery or  here at his Etsy shop.  2) Signing up to receive his new print release e-mails at Tracy's Gallery  3) "Like"ing Smokey Mountain Art's Facebook page 4) “Heart"ing or adding Tracy Webb Gallery to your favorites on Etsy 5) Becoming a first time follower of A Girl and Her Scout. 6) Posting this giveaway with a link on your blog. 7) Posting this giveaway with a link on your facebook and/or twitter.

In addition he will be offering a 25% new customer discount at his Gallery (here) to all A Girl and Her Scout readers! YAY!!! Just use Promotional Code "Blog Promo" at check out to receive your discount.

Happy shopping and painting and many thanks again to Tracy for participating in my Artist Highlight of the week! 


  1. Looks great Allison! Thanks for doing this feature of my art!

    Best Wishes,

  2. I love the Happy Elephant because everyone would smile when they see it. Also the sweet Elephant Dance. Out of the nature pieces, I love Tranquility, so calm and beautiful.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

  3. I <3 "A Time To Remember." The Smokies are one of my favorite places, and I'm going to miss them once I move away from Knoxville!

  4. I love the mountains, but I got married on the coast, so I fell in love with the Marshes of Glynn Sunset print. Of course, they're all beautiful! Best wishes to you Tracy!

  5. I've signed up to receive Tracy's new print mailers!

  6. I *Like* the Tracy Webb Gallery on Facebook!


  7. Not sure of the protocol, so I'm posting all my entries as new comments. Sorry for being such a newbie!

    I "Heart"ed Tracy Webb Gallery in my Etsy shop!

  8. NEXT!!! . . . . .

    I'm a first-time follower of A Girl and Her Scout! Go Allison!

  9. I like the Story Teller. Love that frog!

  10. Added Tracy's Etsy page to my favorites.

  11. I love the boat deck picture! And I've linked it on my fb!

  12. Oh my goodness, what truly beautiful artwork! His Foothills Autumn painting is a tough contender for favorite; but I think I'm having a harder time deciding between his Little Pigeon River and Autumn accents paintings.

    Absolutely amazing work!

  13. I like the trees and the leaves
    enter me in the giveaway

  14. My favorite work by Tracy's is "A Time to Remember" I have been on that road it seems, many times in my dreams. I love the freshness in that piece.

  15. And I posted a link and an announcement on my Facebook page. Done! I hope I win this, I have a nice spot for it...

  16. I purchased 2 prints from Tracy's Etsy shop . . I can't wait to get my hands on them!! Thanks Tracy!

  17. mrs. c said...

    I am now a big fan of Tracy! I went to his etsy page, "liked" him on face book and I sure would like to win that lovely picture! Hope you are having a great weekend in "hotlanta" and visit my fav place IKEA!!!!!!! I will be following Sam's b-ball games on the GT website!

  18. mrs. c said...

    I am now a big fan of Tracy! I went to his etsy page, "liked" him on face book and I sure would like to win that lovely picture! Hope you are having a great weekend in "hotlanta" and visit my fav place IKEA!!!!!!! I will be following Sam's b-ball games on the GT website!

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  20. Melanie at Body and Soul Jewelry said...

    I purchased 2 prints from Tracy's Etsy shop . . I can't wait to get my hands on them!! Thanks Tracy!

  21. I'm in love with John Oliver Cabin print.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  22. I'm a new follower on your site.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  23. I hearted the shop on etsy(as well as a few items I want to buy).Warm Blessings!~Amy

  24. 8x10 The Story Teller is very endearing, love it

  25. I love the boat dock! These would look great in my house!