I have spent my entire life in the West, but it wasn’t until I started my environmental studies program in college that I really started to more consciously pay attention to the landscapes and cultures around me and how they are interconnected. The West is now a cornerstone to my identity.
My paintings are the primary way in which I try to understand the complexities of the region where I live. Most of my work is built on themes of human perception, the boundaries and possibilities of our senses, and the importance of individual and collective memory in shaping cultural imagery and aesthetics of place. I like to use common Western imagery and symbolism to create conceptual works that are Western in aesthetic but employ themes that are widely applicable to the American experience. I feel compelled as an artist to express how this absolutely one-of-a-kind place has the ability to profoundly impact all those who exist within it, whether we are aware of it or not.
Bio: Luke is a self-taught oil painter originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming and now living and working in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Awards and Honors: “Best in Show” at 2019 Bash & Ball Auction at Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming. “Best Oil Painting” at 2020 Western Spirit Art Show & Sale at Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Honorable Mention at 2020 Annual Salon at Springville Art Museum in Springville, Utah
Selected Publications: Featured on Horizons western art podcast https://western.gallery/horizons/
Selected Exhibitions: Wyoming Capitol Governors’ Arts Exhibition 2017, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum Western Spirit Show 2017-2020, Coors Western Art Show 2020-2021, Springville Art Museum Annual Salon 2020-21