Saturday, December 3, 2011

Winterton


A painting signed Susan Tucker, 1947. It shows the corner of Hampton and Winterton streets in the northeast Pittsburgh neighborhood of Highland Park. Today, if you look at a Google satellite photo of that intersection, it's concealed under heavy tree canopy. As we slide toward Christmas and the new year, the name Winterton will seem spot on.

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  1. Susan Tucker was my husband's grandmother. She painted many paintings, several of which we have hanging in our home. My mother-in-law is the little girl in blue. She grew up in this neighborhood and this was their sledding spot. According to Anne, this was one of Susan's earliest works. The family would love to know where this painting is. Any idea?

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    1. Hi, Jackie. I'm an art dealer in Atlanta and I own the painting. I bought it several years ago at the Madison-Bouckville Antique Show held in August in upstate New York. The painting is on my website, second row, first icon. http://www.candlerarts.com/gallery.php?id=2
      Best, Kevin

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  2. Hi Kevin,

    Susan Tucker was my grandmother (I'm Jackie's husband). I thought it would be nice to add some background about her as an artist. Susan Tucker (born Susan Scott), was born in 1900, and married Newton Tucker (my grandfather), an engineer. They lived together for many decades in their house on WInterton street in Pittsburgh. They had 2 children (my mother, and my aunt). When she was about 40, Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. As a way of recovering from the emotional trauma of the surgery, she took up painting as a form of art therapy. She parlayed painting into a real career as an artist and created dozens of paintings right up until her death, just a couple of month shy of her 100th birthday. Both my mother and my aunt are artistic people, and my mother eventually became an art teacher. My cousin Joe, inspired by our grandmothers work, collaborated with her on a couple of pieces before she died. And yes, the girl in the blue snowsuit is my mother when she was about 10 years old.

    -Andy

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    1. Thanks so much for the back story. Really appreciate it.

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  3. Hi Kevin,

    Susan Tucker was my grandmother (I'm Jackie's husband). I thought it would be nice to add some background about her as an artist. Susan Tucker (born Susan Scott), was born in 1900, and married Newton Tucker (my grandfather), an engineer. They lived together for many decades in their house on WInterton street in Pittsburgh. They had 2 children (my mother, and my aunt). When she was about 40, Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. As a way of recovering from the emotional trauma of the surgery, she took up painting as a form of art therapy. She parlayed painting into a real career as an artist and created dozens of paintings right up until her death, just a couple of month shy of her 100th birthday. Both my mother and my aunt are artistic people, and my mother eventually became an art teacher. My cousin Joe, inspired by our grandmothers work, collaborated with her on a couple of pieces before she died. And yes, the girl in the blue snowsuit is my mother when she was about 10 years old.

    -Andy

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  4. I stumbled upon this blog after deciding to finally google the signature on a painting I bought over 12 years ago. The signature is Susan Tucker and the painting is of 2 girls in a field. Lovely to get a little history about the artist! :)

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    1. I am another grandchild of Susan Tucker and am trying to track down paintings of hers that have left the family, just to see where they ended up. Would you mind communicating with me about your painting? I would love to see a photo of it and learn more about how you acquired it! If you're willing, please contact me at markat7088@aol.com. Many thanks.

      Sue (Tucker) Thompson

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