RHODA N. LUCK    Patient Painter
(Rhoda E. Neal)

Rhoda N Luck has led an adventurous and eclectic life.

She is a Southerner who spent a decade living in New York CIty. She worked as a spinner in a cotton mill, and as Assistant Art Director of the cult classic movie Swamp Thing.

Through her impressive literary and visual art work, Rhoda has chronicled her experiences since early childhood. At the age of seven, Rhoda purchased a plastic "Diana" camera for fifty cents and ten Bazooka bubblegum wrappers and began capturing images. At seventeen, she was awarded a full college scholarship as the first-place national winner of an essay competition sponsored by the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped. Earning her Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking and her Master of Media Arts degrees, Rhoda worked in the television, film and photography industries.

Rhoda's photography has a distinctive style; her images are emotionally evocative yet often stark in their simplicity of composition. Years of photo editing and on-set styling have provided her with an eye and penchant for capturing body language, gestures, fleeting facial expressions to render a mood in her portraits. This is particularly seen in her shots of children.

The Polaroid Manipulations Rhoda makes are notable in the field, due to using a rare close-up lens adapter on the SX-70 camera. Some of her favorite subjects for this unique medium are floral still lifes, details of machinery parts, and other textural objects.

Comprehending and fully appreciating many mediums of art is an academic and on-the-job ability Rhoda has honed through the years. She is an award-winning photographer and writer. A gifted painter, she uses oils on wood to paint both representational and abstract artworks. Collecting elements from nature -- pebbles, sea glass and bean pods -- Rhoda crafts her artisan work.

Rhoda N. Luck lives and works in the Triangle area of North Carolina, but regularly visits St Croix, USVI. She has a daughter, Lydia Darcy, and a son, Aubrey William. Her current project is constructing BLOCK MOBILES from the one-inch cubes on which she paints.