Creative Profile: Meet Lucy Phung!
Meet Lucy Phung of ALUPH Studio! This self-taught Charlotte artist is a member of the inaugural cohort of our Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative (CEI) funded by Wells Fargo. The CEI is designed to fund a creative project and provide business and project management training. Our goal is to help these artists build a sustainable creative business. Learn more about CEI here.
Get to know Lucy below:
What are your creative disciplines? What do you love to do?
I am a painter and traditional/digital illustrator, specializing in making custom art and realistic color pencil portraits. I don’t like limiting myself to specific disciplines because what I love most about creating is how endless the possibilities are. Besides painting and drawing I also enjoy sculpting, designing, crafting, and writing.
I like to push boundaries and experiment with mixing different forms of art, to find new ways to tell a story. That approach was what led me to creating a line of t-shirts with original art designed to express deeply meaningful messages.
In two sentences: What is your CEI project all about?
My project is a pop-up art exhibition. It will be my debut art show featuring my original drawings, paintings, fine art prints, t-shirts, and more.
How will the public be able to experience your CEI project?
It’s a free public event that will be held on Saturday, December 11th from 12-5pm at Divine Barrel Brewery in Charlotte, during NoDaHood Market! Click here to learn more!
How can they help you?
Spread the word! Invite your family, friends, neighbor, coworker or anyone else who likes art. Come by and see my work!
What are your thoughts on Charlotte’s creative community? What do we need more of?
The work that Charlotte Is Creative is doing to provide opportunities and support for local artists is phenomenal. I love that the creative community is growing and becoming more diverse. But I think it still need more Asian-American representation
What have you learned in the class?
I’ve learned so much! From legal advice for forming a business entity, to project management skills, every bit of information I gained from the industry experts that led each class has truly been invaluable.
What would you say to other creatives about being a small business?
Entrepreneurship, imposture syndrome, and the anxieties of pursuing a creative career, are all very real and difficult to work though. It can be incredibly draining and discouraging. So find a support group or build a team to help you through it. Don’t give up. Your narrative matters. Your creativity and what you make matters. The world needs to see your story and what you have to offer.
Follow Lucy’s Creative Career
Lucy’s IG: @1ucysushi