A native of Florida, Tracy Maisel took her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami in 1989. During the 20 plus years of her artistic
career, Maisel has moved from
designing Miami / Palm beach custom residences/estates, to furniture
design (custom residence and cruise ship) and now constructed metal
sculpture. Her love for architectural form coupled with her love and
of nature has led to the blending of the two into one of a kind and often
functional pieces of artwork.
Each of her original pieces conveys a sense of movement and natural
easiness, and is a tribute to the beautyof the natural world.
Apprenticed to Barry Chevalier, a 30+ year master, in 1995, Tracy began her
sculpting career, which she further honed later by
self-teaching and exploration. She has since been awarded several custom
commissions over the past decade. The latest, in 2007, is the six foot tall
"Feast of Fooles" for the Bristol Renaissance Festival in Kenosha, WI.
A female juggler poised on one foot, the sculpture incorporates stainless
steel, copper and bronze into the delicately balanced figure.
Many other private commissions have included custom designed lighting
fixtures with stained glass shades, coffee tables, steel arbors and
railings, standing floor mirrors and giant whimsical garden benches.
As a child, Tracy's background was focused on fine art, where she was
privately tutored in acrylic and oil painting. During her high school
and college yearsTracy took a few industrial arts classes, but stayed
true to her architectural course of studies. Prior to beginning her
full time career in sculpture in 1995, Maisel worked in the
architectural field, doing her architectural apprenticeship under Barry
North Miami, FL. From there, she became the in-house designer and
project manager for Nelson Contracting in Miami, where she not only
designed residences and renovations, but also custom furniture and
cabinetry for many homes and cruise lines. In 1992 she met Barry Chevalier,
taught copper artist who became her friend and mentor. In 1995 Maisel
began her apprenticeship under her new master, learning how to create
original patterns, how to weld and how to bring her unique ideas to this
new medium, returning, in a way, to that industrial art form that had
piqued her interest years earlier.
2008 finds Maisel expanding her ideas into new materials and mediums and
manufacturing methodologies. She is looking forward to bringing new,
fun forms to the marketplace in the future as well as expanding upon the
scope of her custom commission projects.