Tracy Lynn Pristas

On Drop Dead Diva, Every New Episode Features Pristas Abstract Landscape Paintings During The Cold Open

Aug. 2, 2011

Look for my 10 x 20 abstract landscape paintings, Echoes Of Blue and Sunlight Lure, during the "cold open." They are featured at the beginning of each episode every Sunday night on the Life Time TV hit show "Drop Dead Diva." They were selected by a set designer to be used on the set of Lifetime Television's new comedic drama "Drop Dead Diva," which stars The Pirate Queen's Brooke Elliott and stage and screen star Margaret Cho. The paintings were shown at least 10 times during the first episode. They are to the left of the bookshelves in the lead character Jane Bingum's (played by Brooke Elliott) law office. Josh Berman ("Bones," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation") is the creator and executive producer of the new series, which, press notes state, "tells the story of a shallow model-in-training who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, thoughtful and plus-size attorney." The story of how Pristas’s paintings ended up on TV involves a bit of luck and happenstance. According to Christina McClelland, gallery director at Bennett Street Gallery, a production team was shooting the pilot for “Drop Dead Diva” right down the street from the gallery, which is in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. The set decorator happened to walk by the gallery, then came in to take a look at several pieces. She zeroed in on the Pristas paintings right away. “They were looking for abstract work because it was for an office setting,” McClelland says of the set decorator and her colleagues. “They wanted it to have some strength to it because the main character is an attorney, but they also wanted it to have a feminine side.” McClelland says the gallery decided to represent Pristas for the same reasons the set decorator chose the artist’s work for “Drop Dead Diva.” “When we looked at it, we were immediately drawn to her work,” she says. “We loved the color, and the paintings were very balanced-feeling, which gives off a kind of calming vibe but is strong as well.” " Echoes of Blue," pictured at the top, has already been sold to an international collector. "Sunlight Lure," pictured at the bottom, is still available from the artist's Chicago studio.