Tracey Metallic

tracey barnaby, painter,, pass the feather

Tracey Metallic

Tracey Metallic


My name is Tracey Metallic, I was born and raised in Listuguj, Quebec on the shores of the Restigouche River. I hold a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work at St. Thomas University and a Masters of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University.

Tracey M. Barnaby, painting workshops, Indigenous Artist, First Nations, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, Pass The Feather

My talent found expression by becoming a founding member of Pugwalesg, a Mi’gmaq women’s hand drum group. My career in painting was launched as a therapeutic outlet, such as painting cartoon characters for my grandchildren. Upon sharing my work on social media, I began receiving requests for abstract paintings. Unsure at first of my painting ability, I took on the challenge and much to my surprise, I pulled it off! Now fueled with confidence, I began creating my own Mi’gmaq designs.

My artwork reflects much of my own journey in life and I believe that everyone is on their own journey to better their lives and to put everything they have experienced into retrospect. For this reason, I do not believe in assigning a story to my art.  


“If someone becomes attracted to my art it’s because there’s something about their own journey in life that drew them to it.  My art now becomes their story!”