Luana Luconi Winner is a founding member of the Portrait Society of America, an elected Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a lifetime member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina, an active member of several art boards and member of a variety of other national art organizations.
Portraits in public and private collections include: Brigadier General George Walls, United States Marine, Retired and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kirkland of Jackson Tennessee, sponsors of the Kirkland Cancer Center at the Jackson Madison Regional Hospital and owners of Kirkland Furniture Stores worldwide. North Carolina specific portraits include long-time Commissioner of Agriculture, James Graham; Jim Valvano, Athletic Director, North Carolina State University; Gerhardt Zimmerman, artistic director and conductor of the North Carolina Symphony; and Chancellor James Oblinger, Collection of Retired Chancellors, North Carolina State University. Luana was the first woman to paint a retiring Chancellor since the University was established in 1889.
She is the recipient of national and international awards most notably an international Best in Show from the Richeson Portrait International for an Oil Portrait Japanese Robe and an international Silver Award for the International Association of Pastel Societies for the Pastel Portrait Elizabeth, and the Prix du Conseil Général pour l’originalité/créativité at the Pastel en Perigord, Saint Aulaye, France.
Winner was granted special permission to work in the secure conservation lab of the NC Museum of Art. In 2014, The Musee du Pastel (Museum of Pastel) in Saint Aulaye, France, added Luana’s portrait The Classical Singer to their permanent collection.
Her book Painting Classic Portraits: Great Faces Step-by-Step is a text book for drawing and painting faces, with attention to proportions, planning, and skin color mixtures.