Artist, writer, performer, cartoonist, voice-over artist and illustrator Jane Gennaro has been seeing Dr. Tracy since the 1970s. Her work has appeared on TV, Broadway and venues worldwide. Jane spoke with our digital marketing maven (and long-time patient) Mitch Teplitsky recently.
How did you first meet Dr. Tracy?
I think we started chatting on the street. I was living on west 75th street. He was just opening his own place, so I came by.
I understand you left Dr. Tracy for a few years before returning?
I drifted… tempted by cheap frames and tawdry establishments, or overpriced frames and pretentious opticians, until technology changed the world and I woke up on this website [reading about John Lennon](http://www.garytracyod.com/john-lennon-optimetrist-looks-back) and realized how much I missed him. Gary, not John. Well, okay — maybe both. But Dr. Tracy is still alive and this girl’s got him back again.
Which frames are you currently wearing?
I bought these ultra-cool SAMA frames at Dr. Tracy’s, of course. They’re made in Japan like so much cool stuff when I was a kid, which makes my current frame of mind nostalgic.
I love that you cannot find “designer frames” with the designer’s signature emblazoned on the sides at Dr. Tracy’s. I once bought a pair at another opticians, but had to block out the logo with black nail polish so I could stand wearing them.
How would you describe Dr. Tracy?
Jimmy Stewart meets Ernie Douglas grown up.
What projects are you currently involved in?
I just reprised a villainous character called “The Ice Cream Lady” on an extremely violent video game… my visual art is hanging in the Museum of Imagination in Hudson, New York…and here’s some of my art framed by the windows at The Fashion Institute of Technology.
Read/see more of Jane’s work at janegennaro.com