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Tracy Decaen in front of her new mural mounted on John Street in Sturgeon Falls.
by Isabel Mosseler
Sept 30, 2020
Tracy Decaen is the latest West Nipissing artist to see her art go up in Sturgeon Falls as part of the continuing effort to enhance the community with murals. The Verner artist has a 4x8 mural mounted on the building occupied by the Behind Bars bicycle shop on John Street. The mural is a greyscale rendition of a bicycle and cyclist doing a flip in a stop-action stream. Tracy’s daughter Gabrielle named the painting “A Flip of Faith”.
Decaen’s painting is a standout as it is the first mural that doesn’t incorporate colour. She notes that her usual medium, charcoals and graphite, informed her choice to complete the mural in greyscale.
“I do a lot of charcoals,” she says, noting that when invited to participate, she asked organizer Gayle Primeau if anyone was specifically interested in a black and white painting. “I’m best with charcoal, so when Gayle looked around she mentioned that particular business… I pitched the idea about the bikes and she loved it. She showed it to the business owner and they chose that one.”
The owner of the building on which the mural is mounted is Brian Lavoie.
Decaen’s artwork has recently garnered increased online interest and she’s been receiving commissions for her finely rendered graphite and charcoal portraits. “That’s my style. Specifically I do a lot of realism, commissions for portraits – family members who have passed away, or pets. It all started when Covid started. I was on reduced hours, had more time to play. I started my own website last year and blogged. It kind of converged into my artwork.”