For New Mexico-based painter Tracy Rocca, painting is a direct response to the frenzied, modern pace of life. Through a slow, gradual, contemplative painting process that reasserts the value of the human hand she aims to offer herself – and viewers – a place to burrow her mind, to find calm. She works every morning in natural light, using mongoose brushes to apply thin glazes of color, carefully built over time. Working with traditional walnut oil painting medium, she blends these layers of color into soft transitions. By blurring the details of the places she’s observed, she evokes unspecified yet familiar environments. Ultimately a single point of focus or light emerges from within the paintings, creating the enveloping sense of meditative focus that characterizes her compositions.