Gary Tucker was drawing and painting from an early age, even in high school he began to think more seriously about life as an artist, and with the support of family and a chance meeting a life long mentor and artist, Mrs Anita Fahs, he started to make art his life path. Mrs. Fahs introduced oil painting, the impressionists, and the value of working from life. The lessons learned in her mountain studio created a foundation for his artwork and his philosophy regarding art. Upon leaving high school he studied in Santa Fe, and then Colorado College . Eventually Gary was drawn east to Boston where he enrolled at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Here Gary studied with Professor Kaji Aso, an artist from Japan, who taught watercolor and Japanese Calligraphy. Professor Aso introduced eastern aesthetics, Calligraphy and Sumi painting. Gary was also introduced to the media of watercolor and found he could achieve more subtlety and expressiveness in his painting.