While cleaning out a storage room, Lu's son, Denny, uncovered 5 boxes filled with Lu's paintings. They were packed away from her studio when she fell ill, then forgotten. Lu was a prolific artist, prioritizing her time to paint 5 days a week, so it is no surprise that so many paintings remained in her studio from her final couple years. Most are unframed, and because her preferred substrate was canvas mounted on gator board, dozens of paintings fit in each box.
We are making these final paintings available for purchase, exclusively on our online store. Enter code: TreasureTrove at checkout for a special incentive through the end of the month.
We have 40 additional portraits that we are still documenting. If you have interest in these, please contact us and we'll send you notice once they have been uploaded.
A portion of each sale benefits the Lu Haskew Endowment for the Arts, funding art supplies and scholarships in the Thompson School District where she taught.
About Lu Haskew:
Upon retirement from a 33-year teaching career, Lu rented a studio in Loveland and began concentrating on her oil and watercolor painting. Learning from artists she had followed and admired throughout the years her painting became a full time career that lasted 17-years. Beginning in 1992, she studied with renowned painters Richard Schmid, Clyde Aspevig, Joyce Pike, and others at the Scottsdale Art School and the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts. Her devotion to painting kept her busy attending numerous painters’ workshops each year; she never stopped learning, even when she became the teacher once again. She helped numerous students learn the art of painting at a community art league, as well as the Loveland Academy of Fine Art.
Lu considered it a must to work from live models once or twice a week, and she thoroughly enjoyed portrait work. Her true passion was floral still-life. using material from her own beautifully landscaped garden to create stunning settings. Fruit, vessels and antiquities compliment her many still life paintings, and landscapes rounded out an extensive portfolio.
Following her passing in 2009, her family started the Lu Haskew Endowment for the Arts, funding art supplies and scholarships in the Thompson School District where she taught. Proceeds from Lu's artwork continues to benefit this program, a legacy that continues her life-long efforts to promote the love of art and learning.
"Life is good to me. Being able to go to my studio five days weekly and paint for several hours, living in a supportive community, having family and friends who encourage me--all have contributed to helping me become an artist. Being fortunate to study with some of the artists I admire has kept me painting from the garden, people and my favorite things. With the support of galleries, teaching and doing demos, how could I do anything else? My goal is to try to be the best I can be by always being a student, looking for new ideas and stretching my horizons."