Art Exhibit: “Veteran to Artist, Overcoming PTSD”

Veteran to Artist, Overcoming PTSD is an exhibit of various media including oil paintings, charcoal and pencil drawings, 3D design, and photography by Michael L. Tucker, on display in the Ewing Community Room from March 16th through April 27th. The Opening Reception of the exhibit will be held on Saturday March 23rd, from 1 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The public is invited to attend at that time to meet the artist.

Michael Tucker was born in Albermarle, North Carolina in 1971. He is a member of the Ontario Co. Arts Council, the Finger Lakes Community College Student Veterans Organization Liaison, part-time student at Finger Lakes Community College, and a resident of Canandaigua. He received his A.S. degree in Fine Arts with Honors from Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York in May of 2017.

Michael has enjoyed art since his first art award in high school. His passion for art lay lurking until his retirement from the military in 2015. His love for various media has grown over the years, as he traveled around the world from the United States to West Africa, South America, Italy, Spain, Puerto Rico, Cape Verdi Island, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Israel and Turkey. His keen interest for art comes from the great masters like Claude Monet, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Vincent Van Gogh, and Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. But his real influences are George Seurat, a neo-impressionist and post-impressionist pointillism painter; Michelangelo da Caravaggio, an Italian painter; and Gerhard Richter, an abstract painter.

Michael enjoys experimenting with all types of media. His preferred media is abstract painting and photography which will be on display. Through self-reflection and internal vision, Michael creates his art allowing himself to heal both emotionally and mentally. Michael allows his art to express personal experiences in his life that have been both exciting and difficult to share.

His photographs have been picked by the International Photography Award, Adobe Stock, and by Getty Images. He received first place in design for his PTSD piece and honorable mention for his curvilinear project in the 2017 FLCC Spring students showcase.