MARCH 7-8 ORANGE BEACH FESTIVAL OF ART
You may find Kathleen's work for sale as originals and prints at www.fineartamerica.com and originals at The Complete Studio at The Wharf in Orange Beach, the Coastal Art Center in O.B. and the Foley Art Center. There are samples of her wall murals at Hunter Furniture on Hwy 59 in Foley AL.
Kathleen began painting the beautiful land and seascapes of southwestern Alaska in the late 1970s from her home in Ketchican. She later moved south to Oregon where she raised her family, served in the Army Reserve and enjoyed a fulfilling career as owner/director of a ballet school. For recreation she pursued the sport of mountain climbing. Through these years her responsibilities to her family and careers grew, so she eventually had to stop painting.
Upon retirement from both the military and her career as a dancer, she and her husband literally “sailed off into the sunset” on their 36 foot ketch. They first sailed north to Alaska, then south to Mexico and across the Pacific, visiting many beautiful tropical islands, and finishing their trip in New Zealand. Life on a small boat is too “compact” to accommodate painting but for six years of cruising, Kathleen filled her soul with the warm bright beauty of the South Pacific and infuses that inspiration into her current art in her Tropical Island series of paintings.
The Tuckers now make their home on the Alabama coast where she is the director of Gulf Coast Ballet and Triple Threat Studio. The warm white sands, golden sea oats and rich blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico are accented in her Gulf Coast Beaches series. Kathleen’s line of Sea Birds paintings explores the great birds found in lower Alabama’s bays and lagoons. She is currently developing a series of contemporary paintings, Just Color, because of the freedom they present to use the vibrant colors she loves.
This year Kathleen sold her dance business so she could concentrate on her painting in the winters and spend her summers in the Pacific North West on her little trawler, Ursuline. She has enjoyed working on several paintings of Jazz musicians striving to capture the essence of the music and not just the image of the players. She is also refining her work on portraits in oils. Using her grandchildren for practice, of course, and is proud to have won several awards with those paintings.