Tracy Payne was born in 1965 in Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, with a BA Fine Art in 1987.
After graduating I spent a couple of years working and travelling abroad in Europe and England. On my return to South Africa I chose to be self-employed and freelance in various creative fields. I created my own fashion label, worked as an illustrator, set designer and scenic artist, undertook both private and corporate painting commissions. In my early career I was also involved in teaching art part-time. Over the years I have chosen to focus more and more on my fine art career. I am presently working as a full-time fine artist from my studio at 196Victoria in Woodstock, Cape Town