James Tracy was born in the art colony of Nashville, Indiana in nineteen fifty. His exposure to the art of T.C. Steele, Gustav Baumann, Glenn Cooper Henshaw, and other local masters led to an early awakening of his natural artistic talent. He began formal training at eight years of age, studying with area artists. Tracy later attended The University of New Mexico and Indiana University. Since embarking on his professional career over thirty years ago Tracy has explored most drawing and painting media, specializing in oil paintings of rural landscape, still life, and portraiture.
Since 1990 he has also been involved in printmaking, creating woodcuts and linocuts. He has won awards in many prestigious exhibitions including The Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibitions, and The National Juried Exhibition for Painting and Sculpture at The Salmagundi Club in New York City. In 2001 Tracy was distinguished as one of the artists featured in 75 Miles In Any Direction, an exhibition of contemporary Indiana art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Columbus Gallery. His work is included in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.