FanLu.Art2018

Art to inspire. Art for healing.

 

Artist statement

Painting is my way of storytelling. I paint landscapes in order to show appreciation for nature. Oil painting and watercolor are my most frequent mediums. When I paint in watercolor, I feel peaceful and calm. While painting in oils, I express more energy and apply my emotions on canvas. Most of the time, I paint in my traveling journals using watercolor. After returning to the studio, I work on large oil paintings of nature, the sceneries filled with memories of travelings which impressed and touched me. Throughout the traveling journey and painting process, I am inspired and refreshed by recording the happiness and inspiration that life offers. My goal is to inspire, through sharing my artwork, my stories of the art healing process, and to deliver messages that encourage people to show appreciation and gratitude for nature because we humans and nature are in harmony. My current work series is about Landscape and Memory: The Traveling Series of Landscape Paintings, which includes three parts: Traveling in the USA, Traveling in Norway, and Traveling in Italy.


 

My Story: Being a Wife. Mom. Artist. 

And most importantly, being Me.

After leaving a full-time job working in the Natural History Museum in 2016, I came to the USA to study painting. It was a calling for me to paint. It is the important work given to me by God, and I cherish every moment. In September 2017, my first baby boy was born and I became a Mom. Being a young mother and an artist is a big challenge because I have to study hard while pursuing my second Master’s degree, and raise a child simultaneously. Throughout my journey, I know that without God I can do nothing. The traveling and painting journey let me experience the healing process, and I am also doing research on nature-based expressive art therapy, combining my own art practice.

So far, I have lived and studied in Shanghai, Brisbane, London, Florence, and San Francisco. Currently, I am living with my husband and child in Alameda, USA. I work on watercolors in my home-based studio, with my baby watching, and create oil paintings at a studio in San Francisco. The ferry is my daily transportation between Alameda and San Francisco, and the Bay view is so amazingly beautiful.

As a landscape painter, traveling is an important part of my creative work. Before, I really enjoyed solo travelings; now being a mom, I bring the child with me to travel. Between 2016 and 2018, I have exhibited in eight art group shows in the San Francisco Bay Area and Florence. I also accept commissioned work.


For we walk by faith, not by sight.(2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV )

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV )