Hello and welcome to my web pages! My name is Tracy Meier (for those of you who know me as Tracy Lee, I was remarried in 2013, hence the name change), and I am the artist behind ThimbleBeary Originals. I have been hooked on bears since the day I made my first.......sometime in 2004. My first bears were gifts for my family.....and now I have the pleasure of sharing my passion with you! I hope you enjoy the pages within this site........there are many bears (and a few friends) of various sizes to see in the gallery section. Please feel free to browse!
Quality construction in my bears is as important to me as a 'take me home' appearance. Only the highest quality materials are used. Additionally, I am a bit of a perfectionist........perhaps this is one of the reasons my bears take so long to finish? I love adding detail to them, and sometimes this is a very time consuming process. Just the shading alone can take up to a few hours with the oil paints, depending on the size of the bear. Also, if the face is very detailed, I then feel the need to put detail in the paws as well.......this makes for a well-rounded bear, which is what ultimately pleases me as the artist.
Click on the Bears & Buds Webzine Cover page above to read my feature article in the July 2008 issue!