Mort, who works from a studio in Haiku, creates scenes that mirror every corner of Maui, from Front Street to the Road to Hana. "I also do a lot of beach scenes," says Luby, "because my wife loves to go to Baldwin, Secret Beach and Maalaea and read very thick novels. I like being with her." He paints in watercolor and oils. "People ask me which I prefer," he says. "I usually answer that each is so terrifically hard that it's hard to pick a favorite."
Winner of more than 40 awards in various local, regional and national competitions, Mort recently scored his fourth best-of-show citation. His work can be seen in civic buildings, libraries, corporate headquarters and private collections in more than a dozen nations. He likes to boast that he's visited almost every important art museum in the world. "You can't beat the Sorolla museum in Madrid," he says. "Now there was a guy who could paint beaches!"
Mort has studied with almost every major American master, including Romel de la Torre, Charles Movali, John Howard Sanden, and Clyde Aspevig. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America and paints regularly with the Plein Air Painters of Maui. He also studied art at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, the University of Wisconsin and the Scottsdale Art School.
Before devoting his life to art and painting, Mort was the CEO of Luby Publishing, a Chicago-based publisher of sports magazines. He was also a stringer for Associated Press for nearly 40 years, covering events in dozens of countries.