Born in 1966, Lutz grew up in Beach Haven, New Jersey. An accident that occurred in her childhood led Lutz to create work that questioned and subverted our traditional notions of beauty. Her early work consisted of drawings of the human form with magazine cutouts stapled to the page, which were further manipulated by scratching out the identities of the models’ faces. These works shared her genuine pain with the audience, as well as her hope and humor. Though she still uses mixed media, Lutz’s more recent work is not as heavily influenced by her accident. She now explores a wide range of subjects, including the local beach landscape and abstract anthropomorphic shapes.