Luke to be featured at Coastal Branch Library in November
Joy Luke spends most of her time writing stories, painting things that hopefully make others happy, and tending her beautiful small garden. In her early childhood she, like many children affected by war, was evacuated to a farm in the rural West Country of England. It was extremely lonely and isolated and from a very early age where she would spend her time drawing animals.
Luke was lucky to have some very fine art teachers in her early years.
In England, she worked at the BBC in Bristol and for a time worked in the Natural History Unit. While at the BBC she went to work for the most kind and gentle producer Anthony Smith. They worked happily together on many memorable events and it was a treasured time of her life.
In 1970, Luke moved to the USA with her husband Robert. In 1977 she opened her own International Fine Art, Auction and Appraisal Gallery in Bloomington, Illinois. She had been fortunate to have had the privilege to view, handle, study, sell and appraise so many fine works of art.
In 1991, due entirely to her fondness for flowers and beautifully decorated floral porcelain, she founded the Pickard Collectors Club. Although no longer a collector, she is delighted to see that this organization is thriving.
It is here, in Florida, that Luke found the time to truly devote her days to writing, painting, gardening, cooking healthy food and enjoying her Tibetan Spaniel dogs, Pippin and now Sparrow.
She illustrated children’s books, "The Story of Pippin" and "Dear Pippin," endeavor to enable parents and grandparents to open dialogue with young children. Through the colorful illustrations, stories and questions.
Luke has a great empathy for anyone who is fighting for good health and particularly those battling childhood illnesses. She considers herself to be a fortunate cancer survivor.
Joy Luke will be reading from her children's books each Thursday at 10 a.m. during the month of November at the Coastal Branch Library.