Luke Stavrowsky is the youngest son of famous western artist, Oleg Stavrowsky. Born in Oklahoma City, OK in 1963, Luke traveled quite a bit in his youth. "Since my father worked for himself and loved to see new places, we moved around a lot. I grew up in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington State and California, just to name a few. "When I decided to pursue painting as a profession, my father served as my mentor and instructor. He was tough! I'd work for days on a painting and he would look at it and say, 'This is a bad area here, or this is awful there,' and then proceed to take a brush and destroy my masterpiece within minutes. He never pulled any punches, but my gentle ego evolved. I always knew he cared. He's the most loving but misunderstood person I know. "I feel truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch Oleg paint over the years. I couldn't help but learn just by looking at his paintings year in and year out. I learned by exposure, you could say." Luke has spent the last ten years as a stay-at-home dad raising three children. "If you think painting is tough, try staying home with kids for ten hours a day, seven days a week. Van Gogh may have suffered, but there were moments when I'd have gone toe-to-toe with his pain and come out the victor! Moms - you know what I mean." "My philosophy on painting is basically this: drawing and painting are all the same... it's design, not reproduction. I feel my job as an artist is to go beyond the obvious. If I can say something that can have a different meaning each time you look - I've got a painting. When I say it well, I have a good painting." Luke lives just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico as well as Texas.