Artist Bio

Luke Sassani, a 1988 graduate of Millersburg High School, spent 6 years working in construction and factories until 1994 when he enrolled in Mansfield University’s art education program. He graduated in 1998 with a B.S.E and the Outstanding Senior Award in Art. Luke began teaching elementary art in Cecil County, Maryland. During this time, drawing and oil painting in the traditional plein air style became his focus while studying Pennsylvania artists such as William DeBernardi and Ron Donoughe.

In 2004, Luke and his wife Rachel moved back to Pennsylvania. In 2007, Luke became inspired by chainsaw carvings of artist Jeff Pinney and other carvers. As a result, the path of his art career has changed forever. “I enjoy the similarities between the many mediums and forms of art but none compare to the speed in which chainsaw carvers produce and the speed in which they react to what is happening in front of them.” Luke is now pursuing carving full time and looking forward to discovering where chainsaw carving can take him.