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Artist: Deborah Luke
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana U.S.A.
Photos: provided by Deborah Luke
Deborah Luke's journey as a sculptor began in 1971 at Dominican College in New Orleans, as a student of noted Louisiana sculptor Angela Gregory. In 1979, with the help of her husband Barry, she established a studio and foundry in Baton Rouge where she concentrated on portraits in bronze.
In 1996, following a trip to Italy, she began to sculpt reliefs based on the lives of Jesus and Mary. Led by an experience at the Basilica of St. Peter in front of the Pieta, she turned from portraiture to meditations in clay on Jesus and the Blessed Mother.
Her first narrative series based on the Mysteries of the Rosary led to a commission for Stations of the Cross for the Carmelite Chapel in Covington, Louisiana in 2000. Her second commission was for a set of stations for Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Rockwall, Texas. These stations now appear in churches in Texas, Louisiana, Idaho, Georgia, and North Carolina.
In 2005, Luke received her largest commission to date, for Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. She designed and sculpted the Prince of Peace shrine and Isaiah panels located in the narthex of the church, along with the Stations if the Cross, processional corpus, tabernacle element and a crucifix, "Christ Victorious" for the reconciliation room.