"I am in awe of this life and this world. It is overwhelming. It's obviously a miracle. This is God's creation and his gift to us. No artist can come close to duplicating the beauty or even the feeling we may have as we behold the scene before us, but it is enjoyable to attempt to convey to others with our painting and share our own insights, or to capture the moment of our own feelings and appreciation of what we are experiencing." - Luke Buck
With a loving eye
A shady lane
He captures the spirit
Working with shadows
Down country roads
As he travels around
Paul K. Buck, 2000
Luke Buck, a native "Hoosier", grew up in Indiana with a love for life, art, and nature that is evident in his nostalgic paintings of Americana landscapes and American wildlife. He was raised in a family of artist with not only his father, but also his Mother, one Sister, and three Brothers, all of who were blessed with artistic talents from fine arts, to music, and poetry.
Most of Luke's art education and influence came from training he received from his artist father Harold Buck, whom he shared a studio with for many years. Earning a scholarship while attending Arsenal Technical High School, Luke studied figure drawing at the John Heron Art Institute, both in Indianapolis, Indiana. He majored in art here at "Tech" High School, and received a Vocational Certificate in Commercial Art upon his graduation in 1960. This launched Luke's art career with the schools job placement program and employment as an illustrator at the Herff Jones Co. in Indianapolis, IN. In 2012 Luke was honored when the Arsenal Technical High School, Alumni Association, presented him with the "Alumnus Of The Year" award for his continued success in his chosen vocation.
One of Luke's favorite quotes is by one of his favorite artist, Clark Hulings; "An artist who says he is self-taught and draws from his own knowledge, is depending on a limited resource, and runs the risk of repeating himself." We all can learn from the knowledge of others, and then work to enhance this knowledge with our own efforts and imagination. To this Luke credits his advanced training and education to his father, his colleagues, and artist friends whom have generously shared their knowledge and expertise with him through the years with on the job training.
Luke’s father had once advised him to paint, not to please others, but to please each artist toughest critic; Himself. “Satisfy yourself with a painting, if you’re happy, others will be happy too.” Remembering those words, when Buck is content with a painting, he always adds a personal final touch to it in an inconspicuous place - his fingerprint.
Luke's artistic talents have won him numerous honors and awards through the years. His work has been exhibited in major invitational and juried art shows and events, including this partial list:
in Miniature, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
Luke's inspiration comes through the encouragement and confidence expressed from his partner in life and work, his wife Coleen. When not at their lakefront home and studio in southern Indiana, Luke and Coleen travel the blue highways and byways of America capturing its beauty with his palette. One of his goals, and near completion, is to visit and paint a scene from every state in the USA.
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