Today we’d like to introduce you to A O Tucker.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m an Arizona native, growing up on a cotton farm west of Phoenix. Took a photography class while at Glendale College, before transferring to Arizona State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree and a career in the computer industry. Didn’t become serious about photography until I purchased my first DSLR in late 2011. Started showing art in 2014 and havedisplayed artwork in juried exhibitions from California to New York. My artwork is represented in private collections in multiple continents including Asia, Europe, and North America. Have also had work published in Phoenix Magazine, Museum of Flight Aloft Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Arizona Highways, The National Geographic Adventure Blog and our book Burrowing Owls, They Live Among Us (available thru Amazon).
Giving back as artists have been important to my wife Connie and I. We have donated artwork to multiple charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Down Syndrome Network, Behany’s Gait Ranch for Heroes, United Way, and the Herberger Theater’s youth outreach program.
Connie and I have curated art exhibits thru-out the valley, including several exhibits in conjunction with the Herberger Theater Center and First Things First showing artwork from children ages two to five years old. We were also the curators for the Herberger Gallery at the Arizona Center during the two years it was open. Currently, we are the curators for the Herberger Theater Art Gallery.
Early this year, we had a solo exhibit at the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium in Tempe during Hamilton.
Please tell us about your art.
I’m a self-taught artist, focusing on the beauty of nature and it’s nurturing effect on us, especially artwork with wildlife, botanical and landscape related themes. My goal is to create fine art that is worthy to be displayed by collectors in their homes and offices. Art that brings lifelong wellbeing and enriches the viewer’s world.
I enjoy being part of the complete process of creating art, from capturing the moment to developing the image, selecting the paper, printing the image, mounting or frame it, signing the completed piece and placing in for display.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I believe one of the more important ways cities help is by providing space for artists to display their work, plus funding for organizations that help to promote art and its benefits also helps.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Below is a list of locations:
Arizona Highways, Phoenix
Art Under The Arches, Ajo
Butters Cafe, Scottsdale (Northsight Location)
Cox Media Office, Phoenix
Herberger Theater, Phoenix
Visit Phoenix Visitor Center, Phoenix
Sedona Arts Center, Sedona
Shemer Art Center, Phoenix
Surprise City Hall, Surprise
Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson
- Website: www.aotucker.com
- Phone: 602-845-0129
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Connie Tucker, A O Tucker