Luke Tornatzky

3 – Luke Tornatzky

Oil Painting

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Mailing Address:

804 Tyler Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368


Water Street Gallery
833 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368


I will do charcoal portraits for people who are interested and people are free to watch the process.


My studio for the Studio Tour is downtown – 833 Water Street in the Hastings Building at the corner of Water Street and Taylor.

Artist Statement:

Sometimes I think I have the perfect job. When I am at my easel painting, at least on the day when it’s going well, I get lost to the rest to the world. Values, shapes, colors, edges take over and replace all the day-to-day hassles with something that I control. A vision begins to form out of the brush strokes. Shapes solidify and gather meaning. Light differentiated from shadow. A center of focus is established, brought to focus using contrast and edge manipulation. Secondary elements are added, no to compete, but to support. The painting develops using time honored methods of oil painters. A lifetime of learning, practicing and seeing.

At this point the image is beginning to represent a place, with meaning and feeling. I am in the home stretch. I am not sure if I am telling the painting what I want it to be, or if it’s telling me. Get out of the way, or take charge? If everything sings in harmony, magic can happen. Seeking this magic is what keeps me going. I can’t wait to see how it is going to end. When it ends well, I know I have the best job in the world.

Art provides a means to find oneself – I am still searching.

Studio is open by appointment during the remainder of the year.