Allow Me to Introduce Myself
So if you're reading this, I hope you really wanna know who the girl is behind the artwork. You can check my artist bio page for the fancy smancy stuff or you can opt to read about me and my journey on this platform.
Let's start with the basics!
Who are you?
Well I'm Lu. 😂 OK my name is Lucretia Morrow and I go by Lu, because honestly it was easier for everyone to pronounce. For some reason growing up in the 90s it was super difficult for people to pronounce my Italian name. 🙄 Yes my name is of Roman decent! I have no idea where my parents got the idea but my mom said her and my dad thought it was beautiful! SN on a trip to Italy last year I was in a fabric store and when the cashier saw my credit card he said "Lucretia! That’s an Italian name!" I like its meaning too, "Bringer of Light, a Reward". And I try to exhibit that about myself as much as possible on the outside even if I'm not feeling that way on the inside.
However with my art I feel like I can't hide how I'm feeling. A lot of my pieces are inspired by my emotions and experiences. Some of them make me cry and some make me smile. I hope you feel something too.
Where are you?
I currently live in Houston, TX I've been here since 2010, I moved due to the recession crisis at the time. I grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland (Prince George's County! AKA Pretty Girl County 😜). I miss home sometimes but I go back often to visit. I miss cherry blossoms, fall (Houston only has two seasons, alive and dead🤣), blue crabs, and mambo sauce!
My dad is from North Carolina and my mom is originally from Trinidad. They always taught me to be open minded and to try new things. I love to travel and I gain so much on each trip and it's been coming through in my artwork.
What do you do?
I currently work in corporate America but I love arts! Funny when I went to college I wanted to do a more artistic major but having done my research and given direction from my parents I went to IT.
Why do you do art?
Me and Art have a long history together. I remember my mom taking me to the art store when I was younger and allowing me to pick one craft. That’s where I learned my love for it, it kept me entertained and happy, which was really important since I was alone most of the time. When I was younger I used to draw a lot and I remember bringing my sketches to class one day. Unfortunately I didn't get the response I was hoping for, the kids said I couldn't draw, it crushed me. That’s when I felt like Art had betrayed me. As a teenager, I remember seeing great artworks from Picasso, Pollock and Andy Warhol.
Seeing these artists styles really encouraged me to think outside the box. Art didn't have to be some cookie cutter thing on a canvas. It could be many things and anything I wanted to do. Once seeing this it sparked inspiration, I began expanding my idea of art and putting different things on the canvas. I loved figuring out how the different mediums worked together and what would happen if they were combined. So in retrospect those kids pushed me into Abstract Mixed Media, thanks kids! 😝