Born and raised in California, Monica Tucker-Harley is currently based in the Northern Virginia/DC area. She works primarily in acrylic and mixed media on canvas, inspired by the natural world. She paints to music, incorporating the mood and melodies into her creations.
Monica's current work is characterized by abstract figures that imitate nature with a feeling of constant motion. Using a limited palette of bright colors and smooth brushstrokes, the pieces offer high contrast that draw the eye. Twisting and folding figures capture interest and invite the viewer to roam through the work, exploring the nuances of color and shape.
"Painting just feels good. Being a busy mother, it is a release to get lost in the flow of moving the paint around. Often I have no specific image in mind when I begin, letting the colors I've chosen and the music and mood shape the work. I was a dancer for many years and painting this way feels like an improvisational dance. My pent up energy, my emotions, my hopes and anxieties get swept up in the paint and transformed into something that can be beautiful."
Monica is also a museum professional and holds a BA in Anthropology and MA in Museum Studies, both from San Francisco State University where she taught as a guest lecturer. She serves on the board of Arts Connection in the Capital Region.
The Tucker-Harley children are also engaged in creative pursuits with their mother, making custom cakes through "Harley Cakes at Giggly Girl Bakery."