Welcome to The Art Studio At Riverbend!
So many projects and inspirations...so little time.
Deanna Luke is the resident artist of Riverbend Art Studio but welcomes many artists and customers to her warehouse space where paintings have been born. The art is meant to bring you joy, cause you to laugh, help you to weep, and always bless you.
Come with me through the rabbit hole to a place that's more fun than a Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter all rolled into one. Oh, and don't trip over the two directors of the studio, Scamp and Sparky, our beloved Yorkies!
Please meet my assistant, Nicole Lerch, a blossoming artist! She is my granddaughter, and precious friend.
Deanna Luke has been creating art most of her life, even winning an award when she was in the second grade that 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. She 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 is currently being mentored by Nancy Medina. 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.
She loves lighthouses and has done a series of paintings featuring lighthouses we all know and love. The first Chinese painting she placed in Trinity Art Guild's show won an honorable mention.
Painting with her grandies is a delight for Deanna, loving each stage of their development with the various media. Proudly, she boasts that her oldest granddaughter is going to major in art as a freshman in college next year, and her oldest grandson is currently attending Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, Texas with an emphasis on film development.
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.