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Island Artists’ Works Adorn Tucker House Walls


The Upper Tucker House walls and Garden Room Café are now adorned with art works by a number of noted island artists, all featuring scenes from the San Juan Islands. Island Studios owner Claudia Fullerton selected pieces from her gallery to display in our main guest public areas, matching each painting and print to the wall colors. We are amazed at how beautiful the pieces look on our walls!


Stroll through the sunroom, the living room, the upstairs hallway to view these lovely pieces. Don’t miss the back hallway – turn up the dimmer if the light is low – where you’ll find a intense watercolor landscape by Kristy Gjesme and what Stephanie, our Guest Services Coordinator, has dubbed “the Whale Wall,” featuring photos by Whale Watch Captain Jim Maya.


Since the art is for sale, in these colorful scenes, you’ll find valuable souvenirs from your island stay; reading the artists’ stories will give you inspiration to get back to nature in the beautiful San Juan Islands:


Terry Domico is an internationally known professional naturalist and photographer who lives on San Juan Island. Terry’s photographs present beautiful images of landscapes of the San Juan Islands.


Claudia Fullerton started working with glass in the early 1980s. Over the years she has created many original stained glass windows, and began adding fused glass to her palate in the mid 1990s. She lives on San Juan Island and is the owner of Island Studios in Friday Harbor, the largest gallery collection of local artisans in the San Juan Islands.


Kristy Gjesme finds inspiration for her watercolor originals and reproductions in the beauty and solitude of her home, the San Juan Islands. Gjesme expresses this spirit in her paintings by exploring the brilliant colors she finds unique to the Pacific Northwest. She is a well-known and much respected watercolor artist and teacher in Friday Harbor.


Lanny Little’s goal as a painter is to create images where light, color, and paint interact to produce a unique and moving visual experience. His painting process is not a spontaneous activity but is instead a thorough and meticulous process that involves capturing the subtlety and intensity of light and color. His paintings capture a variety of landscapes and images from the San Juan Islands.


Teresa Smith creates beautiful paintings in watercolor and acrylic. Teresa is inspired by nature and she intuitively creates and paint personal impression of the environment that surrounds her. Many of her paintings reflect the landscape and images of the San Juan Islands.

Nancy Spaulding works in pastels to capture particular moments and places in such a way that their essence is instilled in my mind and the memories can be shared with others. She feels that the more deeply we explore our surroundings, the more we are sensitive to what goes on there. Art is her way of sharing her feelings of place. Nancy’s hand-made books are also in the guest rooms and suites for visitor’s comments.


Jim Maya is a retired teacher and life long naturalist who found his passion in the magnificent orca whales off the coast of San Juan Island. He is a whale/wildlife charter captain who never misses an opportunity to visit our beloved orcas, and has captured some of the most amazing photos of Southern Resident pods and transients.


More works by these artists and others can be seen at Island Studios, 270 Spring Street. For a full array of whale and wild life photos, contact Jim Maya at or

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