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With the exception of her oil paintings, wherein she answers solely to her own muse, Tuck’s artworks are mostly commissioned pieces, which means that her creative process is rooted in the exigencies of a client’s situation. Over the years, Tuck has become very good at this: able to convert a client’s need or desire into a work of art that engages, on multiple levels, with persons and with place. Her most recent creations in this mode include the resplendent mixed-media (art glass & copper) work, Sunflower in Glass, which she designed for the remodeled dining room of a home in The Dalles, Oregon, and the iridescent Mirror in Fused Glass, a unique decorative treatment for the large mirror over the mantelpiece in another room of that same home.

If you think you might similarly like to commission an original work of art for your own home or office, contact Tuck to set up an appointment, and to make other arrangements for art consultations if you are outside the greater Portland area. Tuck will be happy to hear your ideas (no matter how inchoate they may be), mull over circumstances with you, share her inspirations, and tell you what’s doable. You probably won’t be able to pin her down on details right away … but that’s usually a good thing. Once she gets started on a project, she’ll need opportunity to envision the possibilities, and to fully develop her vision. If you give Tuck the freedom she needs to work her magic, you will more likely than not be blown away by what she comes up with. I know I have been … many times.


You can now order a single mixed-media Rose of your own from Tuck — each a unique work of art, created anew from the exact same mix of media (acrylic with copper, art glass, metallic pen, and metallic powder) Tuck used for her original series, Roses. Your commissioned Rose will be similar to the originals documented on our Web pages for the original Roses series, but because each Rose is hand-painted by Tuck, no two will ever be identical.

(NOTE: Tuck will also create her Roses from art glass and copper — as with her study, Sunflower in Glass — for those who would prefer this alternate combination to the original mixed-media. The price for art glass and acrylic-based mixed media is the same.)

This special offer is tied to our Roses project, whereby sales of all branded Roses art & merchandise will help us develop innovative medical communications for the UCSD Moores Cancer Center Gynecologic Oncology Unit.

Pricing is by the square inch: $3.50 per sq. in. for original Roses sized 16" x 24" (or larger); $3.00 per sq. in. for original Roses that are smaller than 16" x 24". This means that, as of October 2010, a single 16" x 24" floral panel (384 sq. in. total) would cost $1,344.00 USD. This price includes custom hanging hardware, and paperwork to establish provenance; it does not include sales tax, or shipping & handling, which are extra.

The more limited-edition originals you buy, the more profits we have to fund our work in cancer communications, so we hope you won’t stop at just one, but will order several Roses, a triptych, or even a complete nine-panel series of Roses. Each/all can be mounted in your own personal space … given as a gift to friends & family … or donated to an individual or a public space where you think the art will most benefit others.

So we ask you to play a little with the possibilities, and contact Tuck if you want to place an order.

Depending on her workload, it may even be possible to have Tuck customize her Roses for a particular occasion or special purchase, but you’ll need to negotiate the terms directly with her.


Merchandise featuring reproductions from Tuck’s mixed-media series, Roses, will also soon be available, with profits similarly used to fund our development of innovative materials for cancer education.

We plan to offer a full line of artist’s swag (t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, aprons, tote bags, and more) as well as a series of fine art posters, prints, and notecards.

As yet, our line of Roses-branded merchandise remains a work-in-progress, while we continue to research materials and production processes, and sort through all the greenwashing which is out there.

Given the known industrial and environmental causes of cancers — for some of the accumulating evidence, see the FYI page on the subject of cancer and modern consumerism at our companion website for Roses — it makes no sense to fund innovative cancer education projects with profits from the sale of merchandise which unduly harms us and/or our environment in the making. Activist Troth Wells makes a similar point in her 2007 monograph, T-Shirt: One Small Item, One Giant Impact (Oxford, UK: New Internationalist, 2007; ISBN-10: 1904456782 and ISBN-13: 978-1904456780), suggesting that we refashion the $60 billion a year T-shirt industry with “ethical T-shirts” ... which is much easier said than done.

So please be patient as we work on developing more sustainable “best practices” for merchandising original artworks.

You can follow our progress and learn more about Roses swag by visiting our companion website and Roses online store.


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“greenwashing” — Defined as “The action of representing activities, products or practices that are harmful to the environment as somehow less harmful, benign, or even beneficial.”