About Richard Luce
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Born and raised in Yonkers, NY this artist of Italian descent has devoted his life to portraying the history he loves. A professional artist for over 30 years, his subject matter has varied little from his primary interest, the American west. After graduating with a degree in commercial art from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY where he learned the basics of composition, color and design, he worked for a publishing co. in Manhattan as an assistant art director. During that time he started developing his artistic style while painting in the evenings. After experimenting with different subjects his love of the American West won out. He states “When I was young the paintings I most admired were those of Frederic Remington and I still get a chill when I stand in front of one”. Painting Western subjects comes naturally to this artist. His interest and fascination with American Indians with their free roaming way of life and strong family structure has enabled him to produce paintings of unequaled excellence. He started selling his paintings in the early 70’s through the Douglas Gallery in Stamford, CT. During that time he developed quite a following which encouraged him to make the big decision to quit his job and to paint full time.
He soon started to travel the west to see it all first hand. Hiking in the back country of California, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Alaska and Canada in all weather conditions he was able to observe nature at its best. His paintings reflect his hands on knowledge as he always strives for authenticity in his work. Many collectors have commented that his snow feels cold and his water feels wet and they can sense the different textures he paints whether they are hard stone or a soft feather.
"I am an artist, and I paint what I imagine, what I feel, what's in my mind. That's what it is to be an artist."
Richard Luce feels what he paints, and as you look at his work, you feel it too. Each piece evokes a very special emotional response. It is easy to believe him when he says that he gets "ideas from everywhere, from everything. I see something; I go outside for a second; I listen to music; I just get ideas ... they come to me. And I decide on the mood I want, and then develop it:' Each Luce painting is unique, different from the last, or the next. Singly, and as a group, they stand as a tribute to his enthusiasm and love both for painting and for the West.
Richard presently lives in Crestwood, KY, with his wife Lea Ann and their two dogs and continues to do what he was born to do and hopes others find escape and pleasure while viewing his work. Anyone wishing to contact Mr. Luce can do so by writing, phoning or e-mail at the address below.
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Selected Articles / Books / Awards / Shows
Richard with musician Dusty Hill of "ZZ Top" fame
Richard with Fess Parker of Davy Crockett TV fame at the Alamo Museum in San
Antonio Texas. Richard presented his historical painting "For God and Texas"
to be displayed in the Alamo. Fess Parker donated the Kentucky long rifle
that he used in the Davy Crockett TV show.
Richard discovered his desire to draw at an early age. These are two drawings
he made when he was 5 years old.
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