Brisbane born Frances Luke, was influenced from an early age by her father, Melbourne sculptor and painter George Luke.
From age eleven, Frances attended life classes with Mervyn Moriarty at Eastaus School of Art, and later Beaufort College, Fulham, London.
Frances first began etching and developed a passion for that medium. In 1983 after two years in Europe Frances attended Queensland College of Art, and later went on to complete a Master of Arts at QUT.
Frances has recently returned from two years in Italy and 4 months in Japan, where she both worked and taught printmaking. Over 70 new etchings were completed and earlier passions rekindled with paint and clay. In these latest works Frances draws upon dreams in a foreign landscape and is visited, and revisited by various creatures, (mostly friendly) also life on a forest floor, the leaves, berries, nuts, flowers, insects … My work focuses on both my own personal mythology and immediate surroundings, the plants and animals of my days and nights.
Without art life is meaningless, I believe, all that exists does so for the artist, the musician, the writer.
Over the past twenty years Frances has travelled and exhibited extensively, Australia to the Royal Arts Society of Scotland, - London, Europe, Bulgaria, Canada and New Zealand.
Since her return Frances has taken on the rewarding title of arts mentor for Mt St Michael’s College near her home in Ashgrove, Brisbane.