So many projects and inspirations...so little time.
Deanna Luke is the resident artist of The Art Studio at Riverbend but welcomes many artists and customers to her warehouse space where so many paintings have been born. The art is meant to bring you joy, cause you to laugh, help you to weep, and always bless you. Deanna's personal assistant Nicole Lerch is a blossoming artist!
Deanna has been creating art most of her life, one of her first awards was won when she was in the second grade and it hung in the library in downtown Fort Worth in 1955. She has studied under various teachers and has worked with many forms of media from fabrics to oils. Bill Russell was her first art instructor in the 70’s. Deanna went on to study palette knife under Beth Johnston in East Texas, watercolor under Sallie Anderson in Galveston, watercolor and oils from Barbara McFarland, watercolor portraits under Leslie Talty, and oil color portraits under Cheri Irwin. She was also mentored by Nancy Medina in oils for a period of time. Each phase of art has proven to open doors, and in the process many techniques have been blended to create a style that simply says, Deanna Luke.
Deanna loves lighthouses and has done a series of paintings featuring many famous lighthouses. Painting with her grandies is also another love of Deanna's. Deanna's two oldest grandkids will both be majoring in their favorite form of art. One will be majoring in graphic design and the other in film design.
Seeing people open up their creative side and allowing it to thrive gives Deanna great joy from the youngest artist to the oldest. When her dad was 90 he expressed an interest in seeing what he could do with some watercolors, so she went and got him a set for Father’s Day. Happy days were spent at his kitchen table talking and laughing until the wee hours as they painted and couldn’t find a stopping point.
Deanna Luke loves art and loves life.