Working from her studio on the picturesque North Norfolk coast in the East of England, Lucy produces large scale drawings in charcoal and chalk of animals she photographs herself out in the wild, in the farmyard, at safari parks and zoos across the UK. Favoured subjects include the mighty red stags she photographs on estates in Norfolk and Scotland, and the wild brown hare, the magical creature frequently spotted dashing from field to field in the Norfolk countryside.
Lucy also loves drawing people's dogs. "The variation in texture, personality and soulfulness in the differing breeds of dogs is something that constantly thrills and challenges me -every dog is different. I love meeting with their owners and delivering the final piece -such a responsibility, and so far, always a joy.
Meeting with expert breeders and keepers up and down the country, Lucy returns to the studio and sets about creating life size or bigger drawings with just a stick of charcoal, a stick of chalk and a cut eraser on paper.
Her drawings have huge presence and her subjects have big hearted personalities; there is a depth of form, texture and presence that leaps out from the paper to great effect.
She is drawn to depicting fur, feather and scales as her repertoire in this medium is as extensive and as varied as the textures offered up by the animal kingdom. Conveying the tonal spectrum in monotone is something that occurs quite naturally to her. She also is taken up with capturing the notion of breath - the nostrils glistening, the eyes focusing - an animal mid move, as it catches sight of her, before it moves away... an exchange, a moment of being seen - evaluation of mutual glances.
Graduating with a fine art degree from Central St Martins School of Art in 1995, Lucy has been exhibiting her original work in well established galleries, the London Art Fairs and to private commissions for collectors across the UK and abroad ever since.
Influences and heroes include George Stubbs, Albrecht Dürer, Elizabeth Frink, Dégas, Paula Rego, Nicola Hicks and the photographer Tim Walker.
"No one gets the softness of fur like Lucy. Or the hardness of pangolin scales. Or the whiteness of white, which, considering her medium is essentially black, is nothing short if miraculous".
- Lizzie Riches, painter.
Cloud Gallery will be showing limited edition giclée prints of Lucy's animal originals, produced on the latest digital printers in archival pigment inks on Hahnemühle German Etching paper, mounted in conservation mounts. They will exhibit the highest degree of lightfastness when hung in the home.