Orchard View, Jim Lukens
Oil on Canvas (11x14) $975
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Often times the most amazing things
are right here within our midst. With all of the history and culture
that is a part of Bucks County it is fitting that one of the most gifted
artists on the East Coast and perhaps the nation is right here among us.
Bucks County native Jim Lukens is as talented an artist as you will find
and his presence is being felt all across our region.
Lukens has established a reputation for his unique representation of his heart and home, working from his studio in Richland Township, near Quakertown. Lukens has been painting since elementary school, a long time by any stretch of the imagination. With his grandfather being an artist it was almost inevitable that he too would follow suit. Mr. Lukens remembers admiring his grandfather’s paintings including one of Abraham Lincoln that was taken directly from a penny. Schooled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Lukens honed his craft and got added motivation from the instructors at the Academy who were sure to instill confidence in all who attended. “My strongest memory of my experience there was during orientation the staff gave our class a standing ovation,” Lukens says. “ They looked at us like we were going to be important and they treated us as such.”
Lukens classifies himself as a landscape painter who paints in the impressionist style. Having been born and raised in Bucks County he gets his overall inspiration directly from the landscape of Bucks County. He did spend 7 years in Palm Springs painting desert landscapes, but longed for home and painting landscapes that change so markedly with the season.
For up and coming artists Lukens suggests following the template: “Paint what you like, stick to your style and be honest to yourself. No one can ever argue with that,” Lukens says. Although Lukens has developed a loyal following he still remains one of Bucks County’s best kept secrets. He has utilized his talents to the fullest and shared his love of the area’s landscape and natural beauty with us on canvas.