Byron Tracy Snyder spent his formative years in the small town of Grayson, Kentucky. Known to his friends and family as Tracy, he enjoys all sorts of creative expression, including drawing, arts & crafts, building & invention.
Snyder attended a year at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Kentucky. He then transferred to the Art Institute of Atlanta, where he graduated with honors in 1988. Since then, Snyder has worked as a creative director, art director, designer and illustrator. In 1994, he launched his own advertising and graphic design studio which he still operates.
In 2001, Snyder attempted a portrait of his first-born son as a Christmas gift to his wife. That portrait rekindled his interest in painting. He has been painting ever since – everything from portraits to landscapes. Snyder is a Juried member of The Portrait Society of Atlanta and has served as President of the organization. He is also a member of the Portrait Society of America.
Snyder has twice been a finalist in the Richeson 75: International Figure / Portrait Art Competion – 2011 and 2008. He won third place at the Portrait Society of Atlanta’s summer 2009 show and his portrait, “Sunday Reflections”, was a finalist and received a Merit Award in The Portrait Society of Atlanta’s Fall 2013 and Summer 2008 exhibitions. He also exhibited in The Portrait Society of Atlanta’s Winter 2015, Summer 2010, Spring 2006 and 2004 shows.
Byron Tracy Snyder currently lives in Woodstock, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta – with his wife and four children. In addition to painting, he also enjoys woodworking, reading (especially history), and tinkering in his shop.