My name is Allison Tucker and I am an artist, illustrator, and art educator.
I knew from a very early age that I wanted a career as an artist and I was blessed to have parents who encouraged my creative pursuits. When my elementary school didn’t have an art program they didn’t hesitate to sign me up for classes at the Arkansas Arts Center. These creative learning opportunities engaged me in a way no other subject in school could.
I graduated from the Memphis College of Art in 2008 with a BFA in Design Arts and a focus in Illustration. With my fiancé in tow, I returned to my home and family in Sherwood, Arkansas where I began working as an elementary art teacher in the Pulaski County Special School District. I enjoyed sharing my love of art with my students. I delighted in seeing their faces light up when I introduced a new project or in seeing pride in the eyes of a student who just accomplished something they had convinced themselves they could not do. In all my years of teaching I had continually poured into my students but poured very little into myself. As the years went by, my own personal creativity took a back seat to my job. In 2017 I made the hard but necessary decision to step away from teaching and refocus my life and career on my art.
My journey as an artist centers on a phrase loosely inspired by 1 John 4:19. We love because God first loved us. Therefore, We create because God first created us. I believe that every person is created to create in some capacity using the gifts God has given them. That belief is what influenced the name of my studio. I’m on a journey to find my style and identity as an artist. That means I’ll be trying new things, experimenting with drawing styles, playing with different art mediums, and drawing more than just portraits. I don’t expect to be the same artist next year that I am today but I know I will be closer to the artist I am meant to be.