508 S. Rendon St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
Lucrece Griffin-Tucker was born to French speaking parents in a small town called Golden Meadow on Bayou Lafourche in South Louisiana.
Lu received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans in 1981. While at the university, she also attended the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts where she studied classical portrait, figure and landscape painting in pastel and oil under Ausekelis Ozols and Dell Weller. In addition, she studied portraiture privately with New Orleans Artists James Michalopoulos, Martin Ahrens, and Bob Graham. While studying she gained practical experience by working as a portrait artist on Bourbon St. and Jackson Square in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
In 1987, Lu opened Griffin Gallery, a painting studio and gallery in New York City where she worked and exhibited her own, as well as other artists' works. In 1988, she was commissioned to paint pastel and oil reproductions of Impressionist masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art for Brick & Co. of West Palm Beach, Florida. During 1989-1990, she completed a series of 25 Central Park fall landscapes in oil. In 1991, her interests went to creating scenes from community gardens around the East Village of Manhattan.
In 1994, Lu moved back to New Orleans and became involved in equestrian art, pursuing commissions from the New Orleans Fairgrounds during racing season, including portraits of thoroughbreds, jockeys and racing scenes. During off season, she continued her work in oils and pastels; now including Cajun themed paintings and Louisiana landscapes and wildlife, as well as, portraits.
In 1997, Lu moved to Northern Ontario, Canada where she expanded her subjects to include other animals (pets) and Northern landscapes, as well as continuing her portrait work. In 1998, after studying the works of the 'Group of Seven', she completed a series of 20 landscapes of the the Agawa Canyon which was traveled by this group of Canadian artists. In 1999, Lu was commissioned by the prominent Stone family to paint a 25' x 100' outdoor mural right off of historic Queen Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Lu returned to New Orleans in 2001, and is happily painting private commissions from individuals; working from her studio in the back yard of her home in Mid-City.