Mary Lou 'LuLu' Haynes won her very first art prize at 9 years of age. In high school, she attended a private, parochial girl's school where she discovered 'pop' music.
Her maternal grandparents were opera singers, her mother and father were pianists. Her mother was classically trained, and her father played by ear. There were three pianos at her disposal – one at her parent’s house and at each set of grandparent’s houses. Mary Lou practiced and composed little instrumentals from the age of 6th grade. But she never notated or recorded any of her compositions.
Mary Lou studied Industrial Design for 1 year at IIT's Institute of Design in the Bauhaus School on full scholarship with the intention of becoming an Inventor. She entered the business world after studying for one year at IIT, where she also met her future husband.
As a voracious reader, Mary Lou discovered science fiction when she found her father’s paperback novels in an old and dusty bookcase in their basement. She became fascinated with computers and completed courses in computer languages and data processing at local colleges.
After 35 years in the business world, the majority in IT - as a computer programmer in multiple computer languages and Information Security Consultant / Statistical Analyst – Mary Lou ‘LuLu’ is now retired. She is enjoying and thriving in her second life as a studio artist.
While working full-time, she also embraced her creative side. Mary Lou was a published poet, published photographer, published editor, prize-winning songwriter, award-winning computer analyst, prize-winning scrapbooker, and award-winning public speaker. She was also a recording artist, vocalist, musician, producer, keyboardist, and bandleader of her original pop-rock band.
In broadcast media, she also achieved several successes. Mary Lou conceived, produced, and directed a short animated movie. She composed and performed her own original instrumental music as Music Director for a weekly television show. She composed music and wrote original songs for a record released in Hollywood, a CD of her tunes and covers she performed with her band, and an original song broadcast on radio.
Her NuVo-Classic Jewelry business was established in 1999.
Mary Lou has traveled, since age 10 - in the US, South America, North America, and overseas.
As an Instructor, she taught software classes in computer security abroad and overseas – in North America, England, and Sweden. She taught craft classes in Illinois, at the Chicago Public Library Mt. Greenwood branch and Winfield Public Library, other private studios, at her home Longwood Lodge Studios and at the Beverly Art Center. Every summer, she teaches a one or two-day mixed-media workshop at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
She has met the mayors of several Illinois cities, has met guitarist extraordinaire Jonny Lang multiple times. While on a computer software teaching assignment in Sweden, Mary Lou met the King of Sweden at a discotheque in Stockholm when he asked her for a dance.
When not making art in her studios at home or in historic, downtown Blue Island, she practices electric guitar, coordinates several crafting and scrapbooking groups, and produces a bi-annual crafting retreat held in the Chicago suburbs. www.scrap-a-thon.com/
In her artist’s statement, Mary Lou says, “my artwork usually originates through serendipity and is very random. Occasionally my pieces are representational of ancient Greek and Roman mythology or Christian saints and Russian icons. I have strictly rationed my TV viewing - so I can have more time to play!”
Mary Lou is a Triple Libra, and considers herself a ‘twin’ of Sting – being born a mere 5 days before Sting. Her dream is to write and produce a movie starring Sting and Jonny Lang.
She now is a multi-media artist, prepping for her first show in Chicago, IL. She is married to her dear husband, David, since the Bi-Centennial in 1976. They reside at Longwood Lodge Farms, their tiny ‘estate’ in the Midwest region of the USA.
Mary Lou's mixed-media, music, photography, poetry and fiber artwork are in private collections throughout the United States.
Mary Lou accepts commissions.
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