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Meet Mark Lueck of Mark Lueck’s Art And Design Studio in Rancho San Diego

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Lueck.

Mark, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started my own business painting in 1973. I painted vans, motorcycles, and hot rods. I’m still painting today, but my business has branched out into a lot of different directions. I do fine art, oil paintings on canvas and I do airbrush work on almost anything. I have worked with Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and many of the Drag Racing Legends throughout California and the U.S. My wife, Patricia, has helped me from the very beginning, doing prep work on the vans in the early 70s. She still helps today with the book work. My whole family shares my interests. My son, Carter, helps me on my work when I am out on the job site. My daughter, Kimberly, is my cyber genius. My daughter, Cassandra, has written articles about my business in Automotive Art publications. My family is my team.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I have been very lucky to have the occupation I have, which is also a hobby, or actually a way of life. To me there are no obstacles or challenges as long as you believe in yourself. My daughter, Kimberly helps me with the computer work. Modern technology is probably my only challenge.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Basically, I am an automotive artist. I paint cars, trucks, motorcycles, race cars and sometimes even airplanes. I also paint pictures of race cars. Working and meeting with race car legends has opened up lots of doors for opportunity.

I do t-shirt art and I have a line of tin sign, garage art that is doing very well.

Working on a movie set in Hollywood, working with automotive legends and famous actors was one of my proudest moments in my career. Seeing my work on the big screen of a major motion picture was beyond my expectations.

What sets me apart from the other artists is probably my wide range of interests. Besides, automotive art, I work with Native American western art, wildlife art, and even alien art. My work can be seen at the UFO museum in Roswell NM, the Atomic Testing Museum in NV, The NHRA Museum in Pomona CA, and Heritage of the Americas Museum in San Diego CA.

I am very proud to have met the friends that I have met throughout my career.

What were you like growing up?
As a kid growing up I was quiet and shy. I was always interested in hot rods, race cars and custom cars. I competed in car shows at the age of 14. I am still active in the car shows today. As a kid, I always loved race cars and I am proud to say that I own and have driven race cars, which I still have today. I still have the chopper I built in high school in 1969, and still ride it currently, almost 50 years later. I still am kinda shy, but my business forced me to come out of my shell.

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