Luke was born and raised in Oklahoma. Growing up, Luke lived at the end of a dead end road, 15 miles from the nearest town on his family’s Angus ranch. Luke had three channels on his TV, and no internet (sounds miserable doesn’t it). Though these may have been the circumstances, he couldn’t have been happier. Luke’s family encouraged him from a young age to draw and develop his skills after he drew a train on the wall at 18 months old.
The main influences on Luke’s imagination (when not outside on the trampoline) were movies. “Movies were my escape, and only source of entertainment that didn’t come from my own head,” he says. “I didn’t have a camera or any knowledge of making a film, so I would draw little comics and they would move about in my head.” It’s only natural that his two favorite things to work on are Pop Culture and comics.
There wasn’t an abundant amount of art related things to do growing up near the town that housed a little under 3,000 people. Luckily Luke’s grandmother (Nanny as he calls her) liked to paint in oils, giving her paintings to family members through the years. “A lot of her work was heavily influenced by Native American Art”, She’s Choctaw and Luke is also proud member of the tribe himself, even learning the language. As Luke got older he explored many subjects through school, becoming the FFA President of his local chapter, playing football, and participating in band for 8 years. After high school, Luke became heavily involved in bodybuilding “I just became fascinated with the human body, and the levels you could take, little did I know that would be something that would influence my art tremendously, even after I ran out of time to workout as often”.
Once high school was over Luke wasn’t sure what to do next, all he knew was he wanted to make art. So, he set out to his family’s alma mater, Oklahoma State University. There he started off as a studio art major studying his basics, before deciding to switch to Graphic Design. That’s when things started to kick into high gear. “I wanted to illustrate pop culture and comics, and I knew I wouldn’t get the knowledge I needed by staring at Abstract shapes.” Finally after four years he received his degree in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Illustration during 2012 and has been working freelance ever since. Luke still resides in Oklahoma, with his wife and son.