About this Event
Tony and Tracey Mose, owners of ESOM ART, have been creatives all of their lives. Tony showed artistic promise early on, when his teachers found that he could draw with shadow, perspective and dimension at a very young age. Tracey, meanwhile, grew up playing sports and reading encyclopedias to gain as much knowledge about the world as possible. She was especially drawn to literature, fashion and art. Growing up just a few miles apart from one another, Tony and Tracey met in 1990 when he was 22 and she was 17. Tracey was out with a group of friends when Tony came up behind her and bit her on the neck with a set of vampire teeth. They still joke about what would have happened if he had “bitten” one of her friends. Eventually, they developed a close friendship and started dating, but had to stay in touch long distance while Tony did a tour in Desert Storm and Tracey attended college at what is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The pair married in 1996.
After a few moves with their successful careers in retail, they were transferred to Key West, Fla. in 1997 to run stores in the South Florida district, and that is where Tony began painting professionally in 2001. When he decided to become a full-time artist, Tony says he found freedom and a deeper appreciation for life. He acknowledges that his talent is a blessing from God, and he takes every opportunity to use his gift.
It was a few chance encounters that led Tony and Tracey to decide on the name of ESOM ART, which translates to their last name spelled backwards. In 2002, Tony started showing his work in New Orleans at Agora (previously Interiors Market), and he did so until 2009. During that same time, as Tracey was helping Tony on the business side of the art gallery, she found success marketing and managing a nutrition center where she learned a lot about customer service, television appearances, networking and more.
After a few years of life in Florida, the Mose’s were promoted in their retail careers and were transferred back to their home state of Louisiana in 2000. Tony was self-represented and also sold work at that time through numerous galleries in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. They opened ESOM ART in Baton Rouge, which they ran from 2007 to 2009. Once they closed the gallery, they decided it was time to move to New Orleans—where Tony’s work already had a large presence. Tracey began working in aesthetic lasers, and the dynamic duo opened ESOM ART on Magazine Street in 2009 where they have been working ever since.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Gallery Anderson Smith, 294 Buckhead Ave NE, Atlanta, United States