James Tucker studied art at the University of Georgia with Lamar Dodd, David Paul, and Mike Torlen. He took additional classes at the Atlanta College of Art and with Karen Stinnett at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Decatur, GA. Upon graduating from the University of Georgia he worked for a time as a freelance commercial artist, though much of his later career was spent with the Atlanta Journal and Constitution in sales and marketing. His artwork has been represented by galleries in Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, Athens, GA, Sewanee, TN and Chattanooga, TN. He currently exhibits exclusively with In-Town Gallery.
Working in acrylic, watercolor, and pen & ink, he finds both urban and natural settings appealing. He seeks to interpret his visual and emotional response to the landscapes of the Tennessee River valley as well as to the people and places he encounters on his travels. His style is primarily representational and his goal is to give a compelling sense of time and place to the viewer. In 2004 he built a small boat which he sails on area waterways, stopping to sketch and paint when he sees something interesting.
Mr. Tucker lives on the Cumberland Plateau near Sewanee, TN with his wife, Deborah, two dogs and a rather charming cat.