Original abstract paintings on canvas by Lucie Marlo
In the Press
akaRadioRed, The Artistís Creativity DNA: Up Close and Personal
akaRadioRed welcomes two artistic creatives. Drawing was Lucie Marloís first love and she won local art competitions as a child. After earning a Ph.D. in Nutrition and opening wellness centers, she continued painting. Her art is now in corporate and private collections in Canada, the US, Europe and South Africa. Lucie's paintings have a reoccurring theme: maintaining optimism through life's trials and tribulations. www.marlostudios.com Matthew Hudon is the General Manager at his family-owned West End Gallery in Edmonton, AB, which has specialized in discovering and representing Canadian art since 1975. Matthew grew up in the information era, seeing firsthand the impact of technology on small businesses. He aims to market his artists online to the next generation of buyers through social media and a modern, easy-to-use website, with custom art mockups to help people buy art from home. westendgalleryltd.com Join akaRadioRed for The Artistís Creativity DNA: Up Close and Personal.
We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucie Marlo and weíve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucie, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Drawing was my first love-entering and winning a number of national competitions as a child. Growing up with health problems and wanting to make a difference, led me to earn a PHD in nutrition. Although I found great satisfaction in my work, the demands of my field left me no time for creative expression. Over the years, my increasing desire to paint became undeniable. For the last 19 years, Iíve had the privilege of painting for a living. A sense of duty compelled me to search for ways to contribute by volunteering my time in various fundraising efforts. I also love to create a few special pieces which get auctioned off every year, with all of the proceeds going to my community and for women suffering with breast cancer. It feels wonderful to have found a balance between my two passions.
Letís talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Even after 19 years, I am still afraid to pinch myself when I say that I paint for a living. Selling my clinics was one of the hardest decisions that I ever made. I guess I really do have two loves and my passion for painting could no longer be denied. Being the daughter of an artist, I guess it was just in my genes. I have been told that my painting style is distinctive for itís dynamic composition and interplay of colours. I describe my painting process as a reflection on life. After 12 years at the clinic, I have seen much joy, suffering, and everything in between. The reoccurring theme of my paintings is maintaining optimism throughout lifeís trials and tribulations. I am proud to say that my work is in private collections in Canada, USA, as well as Europe and South Africa. Has it been a easy process? No. Has it been worthwhile? Absolutely. If I had a word of advice, it would be not to give up on your passion. Life is too short and too precious to wait for one day to do what you love most.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots youíd want to take them around to?
Needless to say, I would be excited about sharing the warm and rich art culture in Scottsdale & Phoenix. The Thursday Evening Art Walks promises to be a lovely and enriching evening. After hitting a few delightful Scottsdale happy hours, a hike to Pinnacle Peak would be both invigorating and needed. I also love taking my friends to the Botanical Garden which allows them to better understand the unique and stunning plants of the Sonoran Desert. I would also make sure to take them for drinks to the Phoenician to enjoy the breathtaking views of Phoenix and the desert. Shopping at Fashion Square is always memorable. The Heard Museum is a premium representation of American Indian art. Time permitting, a day trip to the breathtakingly beautiful Sedona is an unforgettable experience sure to delight your friends.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom is my hero. I had a mom who was not only an amazing role model, but encouraged my passion. She wanted me to follow my heart. She was actually more excited at my gallery openings than when I got my doctorate. She believed that painting was my true calling. When youíre fortunate enough to do what you love most and you have people that you love and respect behind you, itís a dream come true.
Boulevard Magazine, Victoria, October/November 2018
VOICE AMERICA, KWSS 106.7 FM, Michelle Corr Connected
Dr. Lucie Marlo believes that being true to our passion is the key to lasting happiness! She will tell you how she left a successful career to make her dream of painting a reality. The reoccurring theme of Lucie's paintings is maintaining optimism through life's trial and tribulations, a philosophy Lucie lives by. She is thrilled to participate professionally in the Artwalk in Scottsdale on January 27th, an event she first visited as a tourist two years ago. Lucie is enamored by the desert and is finding new inspiration it the natural beauty of Arizona. Her work is distinctive for its dynamic composition and vibrant color is in corporate and private collection in Canada, USA, Europe and South Africa. Please join me Thursday for Lucie's Gallery Event!
Delight the Senses || Different Artists, Same Purpose
by Kristyn Anthony
It was this time last year that Lucie Marlo got the scare of her life. Diagnosed with a tumour that would turn out to be benign, the Victoria nutritionist had a lot of time to think while in hospital recovering from surgery.
Faced with the big questions life can pose in trying times like those, Marlo asked herself what was truly important going forward. She says she was fortunate to have avoided a cancer diagnosis, but so many others aren’t so lucky.
In honour of them, she has assembled a group of artists to donate works to ‘Delight the Senses; Different Artists, Same Purpose’, an evening of fine food, live music and an art auction where 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society in support of breast cancer research.
“The concept behind this event is something that’s been in my heart and in my mind for a really long time,” Marlo says, describing it as one of those “someday projects” she dreamt about. She started making calls as soon as she was well enough, and keeping an eye on her vision enabled her to find the strength to recover.
“Some day is now,” she asserts.
First Nations painter Rande Cook and Victoria jeweler Rafal Zebrowski will auction off original pieces created solely for the event. Pianist Iryna Graifer and violinist Tatiana Kostour will perform throughout the evening, and auction off private home concerts.
A painter herself, Marlo will auction a piece dear to her heart, originally created for a friend whose own battle with cancer was lost. “The only thing better than to do what you love most for a living is using your talent to make a difference,” she says.
Breast cancer survivor Tracy Young will speak about her family’s incredibly difficult journey through the disease. Carriers of the rare BRCA2 gene, Young’s mother and aunt passed away from breast cancer. While Young is now in remission, her daughter has also been diagnosed with genetic predisposition to the rare and aggressive form of breast cancer.
“I cannot talk to one person who in some way, shape, or form was not affected by this monster,” Marlo says, citing her own grandmother and a family friend among the women who have succumbed to the disease.
Her own surgery didn’t exist a few years ago and she credits modern medicine, propelled financially by events like this fundraiser. The number of women who have died from breast cancer has declined since the 1980s with the impact of mammograms and improvements in treatment. Still, it is estimated that one in eight Canadian women will be diagnosed with the disease, and one in 31 will die from it.
“I dream of a world where no child has to lose their mom to breast cancer; there’s been too many,” Marlo says.