Luann was born in and raised surrounded by the Midwest farm country of Ohio. She has loved both animals and art since childhood, and began drawing at an early age. Luann graduated in 1981 from the Columbus College or Art and Design, an institute that was teaching traditional drawing and painting skills in an era when traditional skills were mocked and trivialized in other institutes of higher learning.
Luann’s interest in history has provided inspiration for many of Luann’s paintings. Dedicated research and annual trips to the West are used to gather reference materials for future paintings. Cowboy’s mountain men, and native Americans, pioneers and longhorns from the 1800’s to modern day are featured in Luann’s art.
Luann Houser’s work is recognized instantly by its striking depth and clarity, her ability to broadcast emotions from the canvas, her sensitive color palette and sophisticated lighting. Luann has earned a reputation for doing quality portraits that capture the personalities of people and animals She continues to strive to paint traditionally, exploring ways to engage the viewer, tell a story, and express an emotion that resonates with her collectors.
Luann’s work is exhibited at shows and can be seen in collections throughout the country. Her awards include: 1st place in Historical or Mythical at the 2014 Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF); Best in Show, 2013 Miniature Art Society of Florida, First Place at the Parklane Gallery Miniature Art Show (2012); Best Oil at the Seaside Art Gallery Miniature Art Show (2012 and 2011); Second best of Show at Spanish Moss Minature Art Society Show (2011), Third place Birds and Animals at the Minatare Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Show (2012), the cover design for the All American Quarter Horse Congress program, Children’s Choice award at the Bosque County Conservancy of Fine Art, Award of merit at the Fitton Fine Art show, Hamilton, Ohio and the Publisher’s Award from Art of the West Magazine, among others.
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