Artwork at the close of the line: Travis Luther’s occupation in commissioned fish paintings

When Travis Luther was a toddler, his father would get him on early morning treks to their favorite fishing place at Cobb’s Corner on Highbridge Highway just north of Ormond Beach. Fishing has normally performed a main role in Luther’s lifetime, ultimately influencing his art directly. If questioned which arrived to start with, Luther would rank fishing as No. 1 and art as No. 2, but as his art evolved, the two have founded a symbiotic relationship. 

“I have always fished and sketched as a child,” he claimed. “I am tremendous stoked that my two favourite things to do are fused with each other at this level.”

Travis Luther was born in DeLand in 1986 and was raised in Pierson. He has considering that moved about 36 miles northeast of his childhood dwelling to a Palm Coastline neighborhood with his spouse, Niki, and their 5-calendar year-aged daughter, Penny, exactly where he has constructed an artwork studio in his garage.

When Luther was 18, he made the decision to observe a job route in nursing. He was employed as a tech at Halifax Hospital’s in-affected individual psychiatric unit where he took treatment of patients who were coping with psychological sickness. This encounter proved to be invaluable when working with people but an overwhelming situation to maintain. Right after a buddy confirmed him how to paint, it turned a most important resource of tension reduction.

In 2015, Luther began portray shots of fish on wood. After he had a number of items concluded, he convinced the Oyster Creek Outfitters, a fly fishing shop in St. Augustine, to display some of his art. Interested shoppers started to ask for their possess fish paintings, which Luther retained declining. The shop manager took issues into his have hands and booked a commissioned function for him. 

“I was not delighted,” Luther said. “I asked him why he did that and his reaction was, ‘It’s $500. I currently did it. Just do it.’ and I did. I guess the rest is heritage. I’m genuinely content he did that to get me heading.”

“Artwise, I desire my outdated guy was in this article to see this. I feel he realized what was coming, but the truly superior stuff is now.”


Whilst however doing the job at the healthcare facility in 2018, he booked three months of commissions prior to Father’s Working day and gave his two-7 days notice to his supervisor. The barrage of work ongoing into Christmas with 2020 getting the artist’s most thriving calendar year but at in excess of 1 commissioned portray for every week.

On July 3, Luther put on a reside portray demonstration and exhibited 10 3-D paintings at Thays Art Gallery and Studio for Ormond Beach’s 1st Saturday Artwork Wander. Gallery proprietor Thays Franca satisfied the painter while he was accomplishing a demo in St. Augustine and asked if he would be her showcased artist of the thirty day period.

“I barreled as a result of 2020,” he said. “I imagine I did 60 pieces, all commissioned. It was wonderful to function, but I desired to do one thing a very little a lot more creative. I went back again to a system of function I did many years back and began undertaking 3-D items once again. I thought this would be the great spot to exhibit this artwork. It truly is a fantastic area.”

Just after yrs of producing artwork for other individuals, Luther has just lately begun to focus on designs that curiosity him. Fishing rod racks formed and painted like mahi, brown trout and bonefish are his present enthusiasm projects and wherever he is concentrating his artistic electrical power. 

“Artwise, I want my aged male was below to see this,” he mentioned. “… He received to see my early fish paintings (right before he died). I think he realized what was coming, but the really good things is now.”



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