Kathleen Tucker









 This is a bit long, but I have been around a pretty long time and have been blessed with an interesting life.

I began painting the beautiful land and seascapes of southwestern Alaska in the late 1970s from our home in Ketchican.  After only a year we moved to Oregon where we raised our family while I served in the Army Reserve and had a fulfilling career as owner/director of a large ballet school. For recreation we enjoyed mountain climbing. Through these years my  responsibilities to my family and careers grew, so I eventually had to stop painting.  

Upon retirement in 1994 from both the military and my careers as a dancer and a climbing instructor, my husband and I literally “sailed off into the sunset” on our 36 foot ketch. We first sailed north to Alaska, then south to Mexico and across the Pacific, visiting many beautiful tropical islands, and finishing our trip six years later in New Zealand. Life on a small boat is too “compact” to accommodate painting, but during our years of cruising, I fell in love with the warm bright beauty of the tropics and now enjoy painting tropical scenes.

After returning to the USA and living a few years in an RV touring the states, we settled in a home on the Alabama coast where I owned and directed another ballet school.  Besides dancing, I finally began painting in earnest.  This marked the beginning of my career as an artist.  I found the local tropical colors, the sea birds, the sunny beaches and moody backwater bays truely inspiring. As my skills grew I was accepted in most coastal galleries and major art festivals.  Because I am, above all, a teacher, I enjoyed teaching painting classes as well as building a business painting murals and mosaics for resorts and condos along the Alabama and Florida Gulf Coasts.  Creating 12foot mosaic mermaids and sea creatures to grace the bottom of resort swimming pools was a fun and interesting expierence.

Around 2013 I retired yet again from both ballet and the art world so we could once more live aboard, this time on a small trawler in the Pacific Northwest cruising the islands of Puget Sound.  Eventually gave up being boaters and moved into a cabin in the rain forest on Hartstene Island, where, when not painting, I can kayak and hike to my heart’s content.

THOUGHT I retired from the art world at that time.

Well, so much for that thought!  After a couple of years I found I just could not resist the challenge of capturing the beauty all around me in the Olympic rain forests, the awesome Pacific coast line, the misty islands of Puget Sound, and the majestic mountains of the Pacific Northwest.  And of course, my constant love, the shore birds, found here in The Salish Sea.

 I guess art is not something you can retire from.

Do you know what what excites me most about painting?  It is LIGHT!  I love striving to capture it’s magic!  First there is its ability to accent form .... be it alpine glow on a mountain’s flanks, or the soft morning light on a heron’s graceful neck.  Second is how it compliments the finest details, like delicate feathers or bubbly sea foam.  Then there is the light that creates reflections, as in the the mirrored image of seaside cliffs in wet sand that moment before the next wave flows in.  I simply love the challenge of capturing the magic of light!  




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