About Drew Tracy Noll
Drew grew up in Laguna Beach, California south of L.A., in the 1970s and 1980s. He studied art for his undergraduate education at the University of California in Santa Barbara where he developed his interest in public works, such as murals and installations. After graduating summa cum laude, he attended graduate school at U. C. Irvine, where he was further influenced towards Conceptual Art, as well as creating works 'loosely' perceived at the time as Kabbalah and mysticism. Once graduating with an MFA, he moved to Venice, California, where he worked for M.O.C.A and the J. Paul Getty museums as an art handler and exhibitions preparator. During this time, Drew’s work sometimes incorporated street art and performance, however his true passion, to this day, has always remained visual storytelling and intuitive mysticism.
In 1992, as an avid outdoor enthusiast, the prospect of snowboarding and mountain biking in the Rocky Mountains drew him to Boulder, Colorado, where he started his family. Leaving the vibrant LA art scene was difficult professionally for Drew, but he continued to develop the craft he had begun in graduate school of oil painting on panels. For the most part, his subject matter remained the same, a humorous, lowbrow world-view based upon humor and hidden truths. As well, earning a living during his time in Colorado required Drew to tap into his roots as the grandson of an L.A. carpenter by creating a custom woodworking business, where he designed, built, finished, and installed custom kitchens, store fixtures, and furniture for various clients in the area.
In 2006, Drew moved with his family to Zikhron Yaakov, Israel, a place that reminded him of his roots in Southern California. Along with drawing, painting, and creating a spattering of murals for private clients, Drew became a technical communicator and has worked in Israel as a marketing writer, document manager, graphic artist, and as a website designer & developer. Drew has taught art to adults and children in multiple mediums, has been a guest blogger for Israel Travel Secrets, and for many years has produced a personal blog called The Brave New Land that mostly revolves around his adventures as a new immigrant to the Middle East, other global travels he's embarked upon, and his personal thoughts and experiences relating to his life and artwork.
In 2017 and 2018 Drew partnered in the vision, design, and construction of a privately run local community art center in Zikhron Yaakov, pioneering courses and events such as Story Club, fine art exhibitions in the Mercaz Gallery, a DIY center, a ceramics studio, and a creative writer's workshop. In 2019 Drew graduated from Gordon Academic College to become certified to teach English as an additional language for both grammar and high school students internationally. In 2019, along with continuing to teach art privately, Drew taught English at Ort, Binyamina in both middle school and high school. In the fall of 2020, Drew began teaching English as a second language in the 10th and 11th grades for Atid/Caramim High School in Binyamina, both physically at the campus, and during coronavirus lock-downs remotely from his studio.