Art to Inspire. Art for healing.

Art to Inspire. Art for healing.

Art to Inspire. Art for healing.Art to Inspire. Art for healing.Art to Inspire. Art for healing.

about Fan Lu

Artist Statement

Painting is a calling from God. It is also my way of storytelling. I paint landscapes in order to show appreciation for nature. Oil painting and watercolor are my most frequent mediums. When I paint in watercolor, I feel peaceful and calm. While painting in oils, I express more energy and apply my emotions on canvas. Most of the time, I paint in my traveling journals using watercolor. After returning to the studio, I work on large oil paintings of nature, the sceneries filled with memories of travelings that impressed and touched me. Throughout the traveling journey and painting process, I am inspired and refreshed by recording the happiness and inspiration that life offers. My goal is to inspire, through sharing my artwork, my stories of the art healing process, and to deliver messages that encourage people to show appreciation and gratitude for nature because we humans and nature are in harmony. My current Artwork series is about Landscape and Memory: The Traveling Series of Landscape Paintings, which includes three parts: Traveling in the USA, Traveling in Norway, and Traveling in Italy.

Artist's Biography

My Story: Being a Wife. Mom. Artist. And most importantly, being Me.

After leaving a full-time job working in the Natural History Museum in 2016, I came to the USA to study painting. It was a calling for me to paint. It is an important work given to me by God, and I cherish every moment. In September 2017, my first baby boy was born and I became a Mom. Being a young mother and an artist is a big challenge because I have to study hard while pursuing my second Master’s degree, and raise a child simultaneously. Throughout my journey, I know that without God I can do nothing. The traveling and painting journey let me experience the healing process, and I am also doing research on nature-based expressive art therapy, combining my own art practice.

As a landscape painter, traveling is an important part of my creative work. Before, I really enjoyed solo travelings; now being a mom, I bring the child with me to travel. Between 2016 and 2019, I have had one solo exhibition and have exhibited in eight art group shows in the San Francisco Bay Area and Florence, as well as individually organized three art music salons, exhibitions, and events. Besides painting the fine art landscape, I also paint Music in Abstract and work on illustrating musical picture books and serving in art education.

So far, I have lived and studied in Shanghai, Brisbane, London, Florence, and San Francisco. Currently, I am living with my husband and child in California. 


Solo Exhibition

  • 2019| Landscape and Memory: The Traveling Series of landscape paintings | Alameda

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018| Chinese Art Gallery Group Show: Stories on Canvas | San Leandro    
  • 2018| Frank Bette Center For the Arts Group Show: Simple Pleasures | Alameda 
  • 2018| 100 UNDER 100 Group Art Show in Studio 23 Gallery | Alameda  
  • 2018| Alameda County Fair Fine Art Contest & Group Exhibition | Pleasanton
  • 2018| Pacific Art League 2018 Group show | Palo Alto  
  • 2017| Pacific Art League Group exhibition “What is not to love” | Palo Alto  
  • 2016| Academy of Art University gallery show: Summer in Italy | San Francisco
  • 2016| Italy Florence SRISA school gallery show  | Florence   

Event Organizer Experience

  • 2019| Parenting With Art | Alameda 
  • 2019| SailingBoat Art and Music Salon | Oakland
  • 2019| Spark Joy | Alameda 

Freelance Work Experience

  • 2017-2019 | Clients: private collectors in China, USA,  Italy and Japan.


  • 2019| MA Fine Art | USA
  • 2014| MSC Management and Organizational Innovation | UK
  • 2013| BA Advertising | CHINA


  • 2020| Art instructor | Children Art Education | USA


  • Shanghai, China | October. 22, 1990

Participation & dONATION

Fan Lu pledges to donate 10% of the sale price of each landscape painting to The Mountain Institute.


"I paint landscapes in order to show appreciation for nature. I want to give back, donating and helping through art to give my thanks and aid the healing of nature."

--Fan Lu