Hi! I am a watercolor artist who is passionate about feminism, environmentalism, and social justice. I love to paint outside and observe and absorb the beauty I see in architecture, nature, and the human form.
My watercolor paintings are made almost exclusively on location around New Orleans. All prints are made in my studio in the back room of my shotgun house in St Roch.
I was raised in the California Bay Area and attended Waldorf schools from pre-K through high school, which has had a huge impact on my way of living and laid the groundwork for my career. I earned a BFA in Illustration from California College of the Arts class of 2014. After living in New York City and San Francisco, I have made New Orleans my home. The architecture and tropical beauty is endlessly inspiring.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Texture, femininity, realism
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
Somewhere between the brightly colored houses, the spanish moss, the humid air, the brass bands, and dancing in the street, I fell in love with New Orleans. It's a unique position to be a creator in a city with so much diversity, so much devastation, and a great amount of resilience. I love to watch the barges pass by on the Mississippi and to hear the train's whistle as it rumbles by. The closeness of my quiet neighborhood to the industrial systems which maintain our human world is a reminder of how small this city is.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Working on location I draw my inspiration from direct observation. I see shapes and make marks with my brush, and I love to see the tension between realism and abstraction.
Where do you draw inspiration?
The people and places around me inspire my work. I try to capture movement in a two dimensional object. Music inspires my work as well, and I always have WWOZ playing on my radio in my studio when I am painting.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
I love the Impressionist painters. It was studying Art History that originally sparked my passion for painting, and Monet's use of color has always fascinated and inspired me.
My work is also very influenced by my Waldorf education, which involved a lot of wet-on-wet watercolor painting and discouraged outlines and the use of black.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
The Glitter Box
Lucy Rose 534 Chartres St
Palmer Park 2300 S Carrollton