Lucy Liu

(American, born 1926)

Pacific Northwest artist Lucy Liu creates traditional Chinese brush paintings and calligraphic works.

Lucy Liu grew up in northeastern China, where she learned artistic calligraphy as a child. After 1949 she lived in Taiwan, where she studied traditional Chinese landscape and bird and flowers painting. Working as a researcher for an American expert on Chinese folklore brought her to Berkeley, California in 1973. Ms. Liu received a degree in fine arts in the Western tradition from Eastern Washington University in Cheney. She taught art at Seattle-area community colleges. In 1983, she founded the Chinese Arts Society Northwest.

In 1989, Lucy Liu was honored with a Washington State Governor's Heritage Award for her work as an artist, an art teacher, and a promoter of Chinese art, both within and outside of the Chinese-American community.