I have spent my entire life in the West, but I didn’t always have an appreciation for the places and spaces around which I grew up. My formative years weren’t particularly Western – I didn’t attend many rodeos, I wasn’t an avid outdoorsman, and didn’t own a pair of cowboy boots until I was in my 20s. It wasn’t until I started my environmental studies program in college that I really started to actively 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 discover and try to understand 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 memory, both individual and collective, and how it shapes cultural understandings 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 they are aware of it or not.
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