Pastel by Lanna Duncan, Cactus Fountain Studio

Pastel by Lanna Duncan, Cactus Fountain Studio

About Lanna Duncan

Lanna Duncan, Fort Davis and Malibu

Born in Ligonier, Pennsylvania in 1956, Duncan received her BS in Education from Penn State University and MS in Counseling from North Texas State University.  She taught special education at the elementary level for nine years as well as three years as a middle school counselor.

Following that, she and her husband began their adventure in historic hotels, purchasing the Hotel Limpia in Fort Davis in 1991.  Since then they have bought and restored four other properties, including The Hotel Paisano in Marfa. In January of 2012 Lanna and Joe purchased a home in Malibu, California where they now spend almost 6 months of each year.

Duncan, who has been painting for about 6 years has no formal training in art but gives much credit to and has been mentored by Patty Moreland, with whom she shares Cactus Fountain Studio in Fort Davis. Over the past six years, Lanna has studied at Kline Academy in Los Angeles as well as taken numerous workshops and classes in Texas, New Mexico and California.  

The mountains and landscapes of West Texas have been Duncan’s inspiration, as well as the cityscapes and beaches of southern California.  Her focus is on representational and abstract art in oils but recently she has begun a new journey with pastels.

Duncan is presently serving as Co-president of the Malibu Art Association, is a member of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains, California Art Club and hosts the One O’Clock Studio at Cactus Fountain Studio in Fort Davis.  Her work can be seen in a gallery co-op called The One O’Clock Gallery in Fort Davis and at The Hotel Paisano in Marfa.  

Lanna is happy to do commission work. Please submit photos to