Huaniao is a beautiful remote island on the East China Sea. Though isolated, it serves as a good get-away for tourists and is also home to local artist Lu Xiurong.
Coming from a family of fishermen, Lu draws a lot of inspiration for her work from relatives and their profession.
Her art career began when she worked at the Huaniao local culture center in 1986.
At that time one person was chosen to learn painting from each town and Lu was chosen as a representative for Huaniao.
Lu recalled that the teacher gave little instructions, and instead, handed the students a paper and a pencil and encouraged the students to draw whatever came to mind.
In one of her earliest works, Lu admitted she didn’t have any background in painting and decided to draw two ink fish.
Later, with the teacher’s suggestion, she also added other ocean elements to her drawings, including more fish, shrimp, and sea plants to make her artwork more colorful and bountiful.
“Sometimes, people may be less curious of work by professional artists, and their feelings are quite different about works by amateurs like us,” Lu said.
She understands that people may have different interpretations and perspectives of her drawings, but she continues to stay true to herself and use colorful artworks to express her ideas.
Though her art career spans over more than 30 years, one of Lu’s favorite artwork is her first.
It depicts a family of happy fishermen returning from a good catch, which also signifies the family life she wishes to have, Lu said.