Words by Ally Clements

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Patrick Tucker and watching his artistic endeavors progress throughout the years. Born and raised in Fairhope, AL and settling himself across the water in Mobile, it’s no surprise that the inspiration of the Bay played a large role in his creative journey. Pat used his passion for the water to create images on various surfaces through the art of pyrography. Drawing with re—the heated tip of a metal poker—onto various bones and wood pieces has allowed him to discover a new love and learning-experience for himself as an artist. 

You’ve been involved in art for quite some time now. How many years has it been?

I have honestly been involved with art my entire life. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t face-deep in a coloring book, sketch book, or playing with watercolors that I begged my parents to buy me. My parents were always very supportive with my art unless they couldn’t a ord it, and in that case I would just trace out old coloring books and make the most of it one way or another. My grandparents on the Tucker side of the family also played a major in uence in my art by always keeping paint at their house and letting me use their supplies. ey were also artists who started painting later in life and became incredible painters in acrylic and watercolors in such a short amount of time. I will always remember their house like it was a museum of all their favorite works they created over time, along with a few grandkids’ works scattered throughout.

How long ago did you take up pyrography?

I started pyrography almost two years ago in January 2014 a er ordering some wood-burning kits for Alabama Art Supply, where I was currently working, and decided to buy one for myself— seeing as how I got half o . . .

I burned a cactus and a few other small things, and realized real quick I didn’t have to buy anything else but wood or bone to work with, unlike painting where you need something new every damn project. en I did a larger piece of a giant squid and a whale ghting—which I still own—and fell in love.

What sparked the interest in burning onto bone?

My interest for burning on bone had to have started from seeing all the rad possibilities from what you [yes me, Ally] did with bone over the years of living in the same house, and following similar artists who worked with bone, and the few who actually burned or carved on bone. Having a hookup on sword sh bills out of Boca Raton, Florida really helped too . . .

The art community becomes infiltrated quickly with repetition. What sets you apart from the others, and how will it help you thrive as an artist?

Over the years I’ve always tried to set myself way apart from others, sometimes leading to odd places and droughts of creativity. But in recent years I’ve learned to create what most people have common interest in, but doing it my way, creating it my way while still keeping the common interest. I know for sure one thing that will never change and will always set me apart is my interest for new supplies to work with, and always experimenting.

Where do you find it most successful to market your work, and where can it be purchased?

My art has always done well face-to-face where I can communicate what actually happened during the process and why. But all-in-all, I’m most successful via Instagram (@p uckerart) and my Etsy shop (Etsy.com/shop/AlabamaBurning).