Tracey first encountered jewelry making in an elective metalsmithing course while studying accounting at the University of New Mexico. She was drawn immediately and completely to the craft that would become her career and passion. Initially intrigued by different metals and patinas, she then went on to study under Lewis Wilson where she was instructed in the technique known as lampwork. This is how she learned to make her glass beads which are now the signature of her glass and metal designs. While still in college Tracey began selling her work and her path as a professional artist had begun. She graduated in 1997 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Fine Art.
Twenty years of experience are now evident in the imaginative pieces of Tracey Belt Designs. A master of color and composition, Tracey's strongest influence is the natural world. Her creations are not a reflection of, but a tribute to all things living. Whether it is a bird, cactus, tree or bear that inspires a design, Tracey follows the ancient tradition of asking permission of the being before taking the liberty of using their image for her art. Her reverence of nature and all cultures past and present are what make her jewelry unique, powerful and a pleasure to wear.