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.  We later moved south 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 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 in New Zealand. Life on a small boat is too “compact” to accommodate painting, but during our six years of cruising, I fell in love with the warm bright beauty of the tropics.

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 became the owner and director of Gulf Coast Ballet.  Finally I began painting in earnest.  This truly 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 to grace the bottom of resort swimming is an a very cool expierence.

Around 2013 I sold the dance studio so I could concentrate on painting in the winters and spending summers in the Pacific Northwest cruising Puget Sound aboard our little trawler, "Ursuline".  Eventually we moved to Washington full time, to a cabin on Hartstien Island where, when not painting, I can kayak and hike to my heart’s content.

I 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 long to capture it’s magical ability to accent form .... be it alpine glow on a mountain’s flanks, or the soft morning light on a heron’s graceful neck.  And just look at how it accents the finest details, like delicate feathers on a bird or the bubbly foam on a wave.  Then there is how light creates reflections, as in the the mirrored image of seaside cliffs in wet sand or a White Egret in the surface of a lagoon.  I simply love the challenge of capturing the magic of light!  Just love it!




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