Biography

Photo by Oliver Yu

“I paint on wood because I enjoy the organic feel the surface evokes. Line, shape, color, and negative space are the tools I use to portray my feelings of the joy and beauty of the world. 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 grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana where she earned her BFA from the University of Louisiana. After graduation, she spent two years in Trinidad, West Indies, where she quickly made a reputation as an artist, donating her talents to local causes, including teaching art in a local school. Upon returning to Lafayette, she worked as an artist in residence in the public school system through the Acadian Arts Council and earned her certification as an art educator from ULL. After moving to South Carolina with her family for work opportunities, she began teaching art in the Greenville County Schools. While teaching art to 600 students weekly in the public school system, she has continued to paint and exhibit. Her art has been shown in both one-person and group shows in Louisiana, the Carolinas, and Germany. Each year, she share my passion for the arts with the students and annually host an Art Day at the school where students are taught a full day of the arts involving 30 artists from the community representing a variety of disciplines.

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 though 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. In 2011, her painting placed second in the prestigious competition at the Artists Guild of Greenville Gallery.