“I paint on wood because I enjoy the organic feel the surface evokes. Line, shape, color and often negative space are the tools I use to portray my feelings of the joy and beauty of the world. The "outlines" in my paintings are where I DON'T paint--this is the wood showing. My current subjects include figures interacting with the landscape and various aspects of nature. A partial documentation of my prolific body of work is available at www.LuWixon.com.”
Lu Wixon grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana where she earned a BFA from the University of Louisiana. After graduation, she spent two years in Trinidad, West Indies, quickly earning a reputation as an artist. She now lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and cat, where she is involved in the arts community as an award-winning artist and former award-winning arts educator. Lu exhibits regularly in the Carolinas and Louisiana and welcomes the community into her studio.
For many years, she was the resident artist for the Handlebar, a local music club, for which she created numerous paintings and murals for the club, as well as art for their t‑shirts. In 2002, she created the artwork for Greenville, South Carolina’s Riverplace Festival poster, which was awarded through a juried competition. In 2003, she designed the CD cover used by public radio station WNCW, which was also awarded through a juried competition. From 2004 through 2007, she did the art for the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain, NC, which was used for their posters, advertisement flyers, postcards, stickers, magnets, large blankets, music CD covers, and even a beer label. In 2007, the city of Travelers Rest, SC chose one of her paintings for use as their street banner advertising the city and their local arts organization. She has two paintings on permanent display at the Pickens Museum of Art and the Anderson Art Center.
More recently, she was chosen to be the official visual artist designing the 2023 artwork for Festival International de Louisiane.