Lulu Moonwood Murakami

I have an insatiable appetite for color, pattern, and texture.  I find them irresistible as I take in my visual and tactile surroundings.  Some of my inspirations include traditional and contemporary folk art, autumn leaves trembling against steel blue skies, overgrown gardens, skeins of dyed yarn nested in baskets, and traditional ethnic costumes rich in pattern and adornments.  I am overcome with exhilaration when I see colors dance together and get a delightful shiver down my spine as my fingers brush over cashmere, spring grass, or plastered walls.  

Through mixed media I am able to bring many of these influences together.  I frequently include printed fabrics and patterned papers along with paints and pencils in my work.  I also use found objects as stamps and play with acrylic gels, plaster, or wax to build up a rich, tactile surface.  I use paper clay to sculpt features in my 3 dimensional pieces.

Another important aspect of my work is its emotional content.  My art is frequently my voice for expressing thoughts and feelings that would otherwise go unspoken.   I thank emotionally expressive artists that have gone before me for paving the way.  I feel that color, quality of line, and facial expression can convey a lot of emotion.  It is my goal to share my feelings, experiences, and empathy to connect with others through my artwork.

To learn more about Lulu's work, please visit her website lulumoonmymuse.blogspot.com.