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Tracy Lee Stum at the Olympics    Contributor -- California

Tracy Lee Stum and Picabo Street

Tracy Lee Stum is an internationally recognized talent whose versatile and exceptional abilities excel in the realms of painting, drawing, street painting and decorative design. A visionary and leader in these creative arenas, Tracy’s wealth of experience, expertise and imagination makes her one of the most highly sought after working artists in her respective oeuvres today.

Considered by Madonnari peers, festival directors and viewers among the finest street painters today, Tracy has participated as an invited featured artist in many festivals and events in the US and internationally. Her paintings have won numerous awards & accolades and she currently holds a Guinness World Record for the largest street painting by an individual, which was set in 2006. Best known for her spectacular 3D anamorphic and interactive street paintings, Tracy is actively creating commissioned works in chalk for leaders in the advertising, events, corporate and educational sectors. 


Peggy Fleming

Peggy signing the mural

Just recently I had the extraordinary pleasure of creating a ‘living’ work of art at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. The work was conceived as a tribute to past USA Olympic Hall of Fame members and was completed in the lobby of the USA House, the official USOC meeting place for athletes & their families, media, celebrities and dignitaries who attended the games.


The term ‘living work’ was coined as a means to indicate that the mural was a work in progress throughout the course of the games. Everyday my team and I would draw an athlete, expanding and developing the mural to generate mystery and curiosity as to who would be added next. Lots of folks stopped by throughout the month to see which athletes had been portrayed that week!


The artwork evolved out of my work as a 3d street painter - the client wanted the look and feel of a street painting but with the longevity of a mural. Instead of working on the ground, this time we worked directly on the walls of the lobby, using chalk pastels on a specifically designed asphalt canvas that emulates the textured street surfaces I prefer to work on. The mural was created mainly with tempera paint and chalk pastels, utilizing 3D compositional design - we really hoped to achieve a sense of action and space by depicting the athletes in dynamic poses, seeming to leap off the surface through the use of architectural and lighting devices.


19 Olympians and teams were included, most notably Peggy Fleming, Scott Hamilton, Bonnie Blair, Jim Craig, Picabo Street, Dan Jansen, Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi and Paralympian Sarah Will. Many of these athletes participated in press events at the USA House before the mural, which proved to be a popular backdrop for reporting agencies such as Reuters, AP, MTV, Fuel TV, ABC, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, ESPN News and Yahoo News.

USA House mural

USA House, Olympic Village

While Vancouver provided a beautiful and welcoming backdrop to this incredible event, it was a dream come true to meet the Olympians and everyone involved in the USA House. My friends and I did get to see a few of the events - Canadian hockey and the Women’s Figure Skating Short Program, the highlight of our experience. It was an experience I’ll cherish forever. I must thank sponsor, Allstate, for providing the opportunity to chalk it up on a grand scale! Additionally, deep gratitude extends to my amazing chalk sisters - the lovely Charlene Lanzel and gracious Tobie Roach.

Tracy, Peggy, and Charlene

Tracy beginning the artistic process

Dick Button

Eric Heiden

Jim Craig

Bonnie Blair

Scott Hamilton

Images from around Vancouver:

Quebec House

Switzerland House

4 indoor street paintings Tracy did for the Richmond Center, which were free 'fun things to do' for the public, as advertised in the local papers.

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