We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucie Marlo and we’ve 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, I’ve 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.
Let’s 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 it’s 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 life’s 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 you’d 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 you’re fortunate enough to do what you love most and you have people that you love and respect behind you, it’s a dream come true.
Photo Credit: Victor Lazepko