The work of local artist Kyle Lucks extends further than the watercolors LN readers have grown to know, encompassing a variety of media and subject matters.
LN: How did you got your start? Have you always been drawn to art?
KL: Fine art runs in the family, so I had an abundance of inspiration and support at a very young age. One of my mom's greatest stories is when I was 3 years old and drew all over the walls, and a commissioned house portrait she was working on, with a black oil pastel. It was my first attempt at abstract expressionism! I don't remember doing that, but I do remember drawing constantly ever since. In my opinion, the support I received outside of the classroom helped me progress at a quicker rate, to where at age 10, I received my first commission and had a drawing published in a national sports magazine. I practically lived in the art department at Parkway South High School, and received more and more commissions, which cemented the goal in my mind of one day being a professional artist.
LN: You work with acrylic, watercolor, graphite… How do you decide which will be the best medium for a subject?
KL: Mood, detail and size are the determining factors. For portraits, an accurate likeness and detail are the priority, so I prefer to work with graphite pencils that I have a lot of control over. Currently, all the work for my gallery and inventory is in watercolor, because it allows me to work larger and capture the light and color of a landscape or city scene. Plus, I love how the water and pigment can have a mind of their own, creating effects I wouldn't be able to achieve by putting the brush to paper.
LN: Are you working on any new projects?
KL: In addition to a few private commissions in progress, I am devoting a lot of time to Lucks Art 911, which I launched last year to create original fine art for public safety professionals. The flagship products are customized prints that can be personalized with an officer’s name, rank, assignment and I.D. number. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from each sale are donated to public-safety-related charities, such as Backstoppers. Lately we have dedicated time to expanding the list of agencies on board, which includes St. Louis County and St. Louis Metro police departments, the St. Louis Fire Department and a handful of agencies from the Kansas City side of the state.