With both still life and portraiture, Lucy aims to capture accuracy, mood and depth. Her still life work tends to focus on a combination of everyday and often quirky objects, which hopefully encourages the viewer to see beauty and inspiration in things that might not always catch their attention. The paintings often have a serene mood, which she tries to actively express. When she is painting portrait, she aims to really capture the spirit, essence and character of the sitter, and truly enjoy the process. She focuses on absorbing all the non-verbal expression and communication and finding the clues to really understand the sitter. She feels that above all else, a portrait needs to be based on trust.
Lucy works in oil on canvas or linen, painting from a combination of life and photographs, especially for portraiture. She likes to visit the sitter’s environment and truly absorb “them” and their personality. She tends to work on one painting at a time so that she can focus entirely on the subject. When painting portraits, Lucy likes to really capture the spirit, essence and character of the sitter, and so she thoroughly enjoys our meetings and absorbs all the information and details she can, however small. Lucy feels a portrait needs to be based on trust, and listening!
Lucy paintings take a varied amount of time depending on complexity, a simple still life may be relatively quick, but a group portrait far more time consuming. Usually she works with rather small brushes painting very finely, gradually building the detail. She begins with a detailed drawing drawn directly onto the canvas, and then build up the painting gradually over the established foundations.
Born in Yorkshire (1974), Lucy chose not to follow the route of a formal art school education, instead preferring simply to paint and learn from close observation, and studying painting and portraiture. She began accepting commissions from and now has portraits and still life paintings in collections all over the world.
2010 Elected Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
2011 Elected full Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Lucy is currently the ROI Secretary and was previously the society’s Education Officer.
2005 Barbara Tate Oil Award, Society of Women Artists,
2006 C.Roberson & Co Award
2006 Stanley Grimm Award (Second Place)
2007 Daler Rowney People's Choice Award, SWA,
2007 C.Roberson & Co Award
2007 Winner of Second Winsor and Newton Award
2008 L.Cornellisen & Son Award
2014 The Dry Red Press Award
2014 The Dartington Crystal Chalice Award
Commissions, sitters and collections:
Harold Tillman CBE
Mr Andrew Ramroop OBE
Baron and Lady of Finavon
Emeritus Professor David Chiddick
Standard Chartered Bank
Sir Andrew Buchanan
Mr Tom Wilson
John Vartan, Past Master of Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painter of Glass
Dickie Bird MBE, Cricket Umpire
Lord Sandy Leitch
Brigadier R. Mundell
Professor Emmanuel Diakomanolis
Air Commodore David Wilby
Air Vice Marshall David Davies
Rt. Revd Dr John Saxbee, Bishop of Lincoln
John Logie Baird (Posthumous - commissioned by his family)
2005 Society of Women Artists
2005 Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2006 Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2006 Society of Women Artists
2006 Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2007 Society of Women Artists
2007 Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2008 Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2009 Royal Institute of Oil Painters