Alexandra Luke (Margaret McLaughlin) was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1901. She trained under Jock MacDonald and A.Y. Jackson at the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1945 and later in 1947 with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown, Massachuesetts. In 1953 Luke was included in the formation of Painters Eleven; a diverse group of Canadian artists with a common commitment to abstraction and modernism. She exhibited with the group in Montreal, New York, and Toronto until they disbanded in 1960.