"We are all influenced in one way or another by our surroundings. I take the influence I feel and make art about it."

Artist Statement

Working with reduction and relief prints that focus on landscape and western subjects, I layer my perceptions into colors, narratives and emotions. My work is influenced strongly by the land and a sense of place, and by developing narratives around places of my past and present, I assess how I fit into the world around me.

Bio

Tess Lackey is a printmaker working in Fort Worth, TX. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming and an Associates in Rangeland Management from Northwest College. Her early adult life was spent working on ranches where she would document western scenes as a self-taught graphite artist, until a printmaking class in 2018 completely shaped her artistic focus on reduction and relief printmaking techniques.

With a deep connection to the land, Tess creates work based on her surroundings. The location or region can often be identified within her works, while the narrative built around a place is romanticized from her own thoughts and feelings.

Her work has been exhibited across Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming, and she is the recipient of numerous awards including a second place award in the “Printmaking in the Rockies and on the Great Plains” juried show for the reduction print, “Moab”.

"Tess is jovial and fun to work with. Not only that, but if you send her a slight idea of a vision she gets it done promptly and with great expertise!"

– Charlotte Leyden

  • Awards

    2023 — The Brinton Museum Printmaking in the Rockies and on the Great Plains juried print invitational 2nd Place Award for Moab

    2019 — Lisa Lewis Dubois Student Exhibition Award for Late Summer Thistle

    2019 — Academic Affairs Purchase Award for Late Summer Thistle

    2019 — Melissa Lyon Purchase Award for Late Summer Thistle

    2018 — Student Educational Opportunity Purchase Award for Deterioration (in blue) and Deterioration (in yellow)

  • Shows

    2024 — Solo Show, 7th Street Candle Co, Austin, TX

    2023 — Yee-Haw! Art Show, RTown Art Gallery, Grapevine, TX

    2023 — Printmaking in the Rockies and on the Great Plains juried print invitational, The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY

    2023 — Third Thursday Art Walk Artist, The Holly, Fort Worth, TX

    2019 — 44th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY

    2018 — 43rd Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY

    2016 — 46th Annual Juried Arts Exhibit, The Goddard Center, Ardmore, OK

Commercial Work

Over a six year span, Tess worked as a designer in the education, outdoor recreation and agriculture industries before going out on her own. She brings not only industry knowledge, but also a strong understanding of design application across various mediums from web and video to print and social.

  • Say Hello

    It starts with you! Reach out and say hello. Let me know what kind of project you are looking to work on, your budget and timeframe. If we both feel it’s a good fit, we start with a contract and deposit.

  • Road Map

    Knowing where you’ve been and where you are headed is key. We kickoff with a brand questionnaire that can be done on your own ahead of time or during our kickoff meeting.

  • Road Trip

    I take your answers and head out to find the solutions. At the end of this step we meet to discuss your discovery deck with initial design concepts. From there I revise and implement your feedback.

  • Wrap

    Congrats! The final designs are complete. I handoff your files and answer any final questions. You're project is ready to share with the world!

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"Just give her your thoughts and she will take care of the creative part 🤩"

– Cara Humphrey @ Back&Body

FAQ

Do you take commissions for fine art?

Yes, but on a limited basis. Please reach out to me via the contact form to inquire.

What does a project typically cost?

I have a minimum engagement of $1,000, but most clients invest about $3,000 for full project production. However, I work with most budgets to create something that is custom to your needs. Reach out today to schedule an intro call where we'll chat about your goals and scope of the project.

How long is your process for commercial art?

Most projects take at least 4-6 weeks, but timelines vary based on the scope of the project.

When can we get started on a project?

Projects are often booked out months in advance, so don’t wait to get on the schedule. Reach out today!

How do I book with you?

To get started just fill out the contact form. If we both feel it’s a good fit after a quick intro call, I’ll send over a customized proposal. Your deposit and signed contract book your spot!

Do you offer payment plans?

While projects require a 50% deposit up front, the remaining payments can be made over the course of the project.

Archived Works