“Color is my muse.”
According to artist, designer, and color theorist Luanne Stovall, her passion to make art for daily life stems from growing up in Ohio as the daughter of an art teacher and a home economics teacher. She studied painting at Miami University (Ohio), New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture (New York City), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Maine), and The University of Texas at Austin.
After earning an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, Luanne relocated to Austin to expand her artistic practice, teach design foundations at the University of Texas, and develop The New Color, her multidisciplinary Color Literacy course.
Luanne’s artwork is in public and private collections including the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin,Texas; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; El Paso Museum of Art; Moakley Cancer Care Center, Boston, and the Estee Lauder Collection.
In addition to her courses and seminars at The University of Texas at Austin, Luanne gives color literacy lectures and workshops in many locations including; Wellesley College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University; MIT Sloan School of Business, The Contemporary Austin,and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She is the CEO of LU+CO Studios LLC, founder of PEACE through PIE (a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and grassroots peace movement), a board director for the Inter-Society Color Council.
Meet the Artist: Interview Questions
1) When did you realize you were an artist and what prompted that realization?
Being an artist was always second nature to me. Two key moments stand out. When I was eleven or twelve, my family visited the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Apparently I strayed away from the group. My father found me transfixed by a Rembrandt self portrait. I wondered, how did he make the paint DO that? I was hooked. A few years later during my first semester at Miami University, I was asked to choose a major from an alphabetized list of potential careers. Art was at the top. Hell, I thought, this is a no-brainer!
2) What inspired you to choose the artwork featured in this collection?
Many years ago, gingham caught my eye with its “down home feel” and classic checkerboard plaid. Every Memorial Day, like clockwork, gingham kicks off the summer in the form of picnic tablecloths, napkins, and paper plates. When the nights grow longer, gingham reappears in a darker guise, with black woven into the palette. At winter’s end, cozy lumberjack shirts and blankets are packed away until next autumn’s frost.
Dark or light, gingham’s familiar pattern evokes Home, a deep yearning for basic creature comforts, and the benefits of shared community. I created Gingham-in-Motion by swinging gingham’s classic plaid into an elastic weave. This signature pattern breathes with the ebb and flow of everyday life.
Gingham-in-Motion honors the contributions of our unsung heroes - the mothers, fathers, mentors, makers, and caregivers who sustain us and make us whole.
Lumberjack Rose evolved from Gingham-in-Motion. I had just figured out how to make gingham’s rigid geometry swing. The original color palette was Red+White, developed during the warm summer months. This wholesome palette suggests picnics, Betty Crocker, Apple Pie, and BBQ. But It was autumn and the palette felt wrong. So I code-switched.
As the white squares deepened to black, Gingham’s dark side emerged. The Red+Black palette conjured crackling campfires, lumberjacks, cold winter nights, and a primal need to seek shelter. This was when the elegant rose with its telltale thorns materialized.
For years, I’ve drawn abstract “one-liner doodle blooms” as exercises in spontaneity. Sometimes an especially compelling bloom is curated into a painting. I wove a one-liner rose drawing into Gingham-in-Motion’s swinging grid to create Lumberjack Rose. Curved outlines of the rose balance the checkerboard plaid’s hard-edged shapes.
Lumberjack Rose celebrates the living, breathing, interconnected web of life.
3) Describe the greatest challenge and reward of transforming your vision into a curated limited edition collection?
The greatest challenge is transforming the toxic Starving Artists Model into a sustainable business model that expands economic opportunities for artists-entrepreneurs.
To be the first artist featured in LU+CO’s business model is my greatest reward.