About the artist
I am 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. Throughout my youth I benefited from art classes at the Arkansas Arts Center and private tutoring. These learning opportunities taught me how frustrating and fun a challenge can be, how giving up never gets you anywhere, and how experimenting can lead to messy, amazing discoveries.
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. My own creativity took a back seat to my job but 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 seeing a smile blossom on a child’s face when they accomplished what they thought they were incapable of doing. In 2017 I made the hard but necessary decision to step away from teaching and refocused 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. We create because God first created us. I believe that we are all created to create in some way. So much so that I made it the name of my studio. As I worked to nurture my neglected skills, I found myself interested in drawing women's portraits. I've always preferred drawing rounded, curved shapes to sharp, angled lines. I draw and shade each piece with pencil using curving lines that reflect the soft feminine nature women tend to embody, but I also outline my subjects using heavier lines to contrast that softness with a sense of boldness and strength.
I enjoy working in various mediums but I chose to return to my first love of watercolors. Their fluid nature allows me to give up some sense of control and allow the paint to flow naturally. I feel permitted to make mistakes and incorporate them into the work. The focus of these portraits is to remind people of the beauty each person embodies and that such beauty does not come from within us but from within God. For we were made in His image (Genesis 1:27) and despite our imperfections, we are by far His most beautiful creation.
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 know where I’ll end up but I know God is leading me there so I have nothing to fear.