Born in northern Italy in 1955, Luke Raffin moved to Powell River, British Columbia (about 80 miles Northwest of Vancouver) with his family in 1967...As a young man of 12 years of age, Luke was awestruck by the natural beauty of British Columbia and the wildlife that inhabited it's forests. In fact, Luke was so impressed with his new surroundings, that it inspired him to paint. Although his first watercolor paintings showed great talent and a good eye for design, it wasn't until 1974 when Luke Raffin enrolled at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, that he was able to hone his skills as an artist and has today emerged as one of Canada's foremost bird and wildlife painters.
Luke Raffin has received several honors including Artist of the Year and a feature story in Wildlife Art News. Celebrated for his work in both acrylic paints as well as egg tempra, Luke Raffin has had several one many shows at various galleries and his paintings are housed in many private collections.
An avid hiker and fly fisherman, Luke Raffin enjoys the many lakes and forests that surround his home. This natural beauty has been the inspiration for many paintings as Luke strives to capture the rugged magnificence that is all around him. Often times when Luke Raffin his hiking, he will spot a bird in a fern covered tree or the majestic splendor of a hidden waterfall, and this will become the basis for his next painting. Although Luke Raffin will photograph his treasured "find" in the forest, his paintings more often emerge from an inner sense of the moment that he has captured in his mind.
In addition to Luke Raffin's natural talents as an artist, Luke has the will to succeed. He has gained an impeccable reputation in the art community as an artist whose attention to detail in his birds, wildlife and foliage are second to none. His acrylic paintings are highly sought after by both Canadian and international collectors as his work gains the notoriety that it justly deserves.
The Plaza Galleries in the Whistler Resort proudly presents the fine art of Luke Raffin, one of Canada's foremost wildlife artists.