Putting passion to action: Local artist turns love of black art into new local business

| October 3, 2016

Stephanie C. Woodson

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne native, Stephanie C. Woodson, 29, has combined her life-long love of art and African American culture to begin a new local business, “Love, Lucine LLC.”

Love, Lucine LLC officially became a state-recognized business on Aug. 15, 2016, the day after her mother’s birthday, for whom Woodson’s art is named.

“My mother’s first name is Lucine. I chose to name my artwork for her for a couple of reasons,” explained Stephanie Woodson.  “First, my mom introduced me to art at a young age; specifically, black art. She instilled in me a love of the arts, which also influenced my love for/deep pride in our culture.

“She was heavily involved in the local performing and visual arts community throughout my childhood, and she has been a great example to me,” explained Woodson. “Growing up, prints by black artists were in our home. Some of my mother’s favorite artists are Faith Ringgold, Leroy Campbell and Synthia St. James. I remember spending time thumbing through her coffee table books about the art of the Harlem Renaissance. She made sure I knew about the people behind the art.

Woodson said her mother’s influence on her can’t be overemphasized.

“Her influence on my life and love of art is a gift I can keep forever and share with others, signed and sealed with her love… hence, ‘Love, Lucine.’ Second, my mother’s name, in itself, is creative. It is a combination of her father’s name, Lucius, and her mother’s name, Francine.”

13051490_1709035489347299_7733926785077196814_n13138973_1713431492241032_1448631902965479342_n12670345_1703256753258506_582011882361711816_nStephanie Woodson is an independent, self-taught artist who creates commissioned pieces, as well as participates in local community events, where she displays and sells her original artwork. Currently, her work is on display and available for purchase at Chocolate Kinks and Kurls, located at 2210 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815, Suite 5.

Stephanie works mostly with acrylic paints on canvas, using bright colors to capture memories and tell stories. She is most often requested to re-create family photos, or photos of fond memories, using her personal touch to the faceless style made popular by black women artists such as Varnette P. Honeywood, Annie Lee and Synthia St. James. Stephanie’s mission is to create quality art that is accessible to people from all walks of life, that reflects positive images of African American culture, evokes joy and pride in our heritage, tells stories, makes people reminisce, and keeps their fondest memories alive, in a unique and colorful way.

Woodson recalls, from an early age, that she wanted to become an artist, among several other things. Her mother and father, Lucine and Steve Woodson, kept her involved in several artistic platforms as a child, including FAME Art Festivals, Fort Wayne Youth Ensemble, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Unity Performing Arts Foundation.

Although Stephanie has had a personal niche for art for many years, she did not begin painting until 2014, which she notes, was strictly for the purpose of relaxation. She started to share her projects on her personal Facebook profile with family and friends, and received many positive remarks and inquiries as to whether she would consider selling her work. Woodson was not interested in selling her work, but after giving it some thought, and reflection, she decided to take a leap of faith and sold her first painting to a former classmate in April of 2015.

Since 2015, Woodson’s work has caught the attention of national blog site, “For Harriet,” where she was listed as one of “10 More Dope Black Women Visual Artists You Should Support” in May of 2015, and most recently was featured on the Facebook fan page of Charon Richardson, fashion designer and owner of G’wan by Charon, and on the Facebook fan page of “Naptural Roots Magazine” during the month of August 2016.

Woodson graduated from Bishop Luers High School in 2006, before going on to Fisk University, an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) in Nashville, Tennessee, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2010. Her experiences at Fisk are a great source of inspiration and are often major themes in her artwork. She returned home to Fort Wayne in 2010, and completed a Master of Arts in Sociological Practice in 2015, at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

In addition to her business, she is currently employed with Volunteers of America of Indiana at the Richard D. Lugar Safe Haven for Veterans, where she works toward ending homelessness, specifically within the Veterans population. Woodson is a member of Union Baptist Church, and is active in the community with membership in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.-Eta Upsilon Zeta Chapter, where she currently serves as the chapter’s historian.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Woodson at (260) 413-5501 or email her at lovelucine.fisk150@gmail.com. To view Stephanie’s work, please visit her Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/lovelucine, and follow her on Instagram at @lovelucine.

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