Husband’s plea over late Sheffield wife’s drawings

Tracey Smith, who has died aged 50.
Tracey Smith, who has died aged 50.
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A grieving husband is hoping to be reunited with treasured drawings created by his late wife.

Simon Smith has issued an appeal through The Star to trace the people who bought two of artist Tracey’s ‘distinctive’ portrait sketches between 12 and 18 months ago in Sheffield.

A sketch by artist Tracey Smith. Her husband Simon is trying to trace the people who bought two of her sketches in Sheffield after Tracey lost her battle with cancer.

A sketch by artist Tracey Smith. Her husband Simon is trying to trace the people who bought two of her sketches in Sheffield after Tracey lost her battle with cancer.

They were sold by Dronfield singer Dave Berry at The Chapel Antiques Centre on Broadfield Road, Heeley.

But now Simon wants to buy them back after Tracey lost her battle with bowel cancer in August, aged 50.

Simon, 49, said: “It is a wild goose chase but if we don’t try we will never know.

“I sold a lot of Tracey’s work as I deal in antiques and paintings and I am keen to try to get back as many as I can as they are very special to me.

Dave Berry.

Dave Berry.

“Tracey never really was worried about the money for the drawings, what was more important to her was the fact that people enjoyed them enough to put them on their walls.

“I would pay the owners back whatever they paid for them.

“If they are happy to give them back that would be absolutely beautiful, and I would treasure them.”

Tracey was born in Hull but spent her childhood in Zambia before moving to Spain.

She and Simon married in Spain and ran a fruit and vegetable exporting business together. She took up art again around five years ago.

Simon, of Worcestershire, is also trying to trace two paintings sold in Derby.

Dronfield resident Dave Berry – best known for hits such as The Crying Game – has an interest in antiques and bought several of Tracey’s paintings.

n If you bought one of the paintings, or know who owns them, email Simon at s.smith220@btinternet.com.