Lucy’s painting experience is, well, kinda different. She doesn't have a degree in fine art or painting or any other visual art medium. She hasn’t studied for years with any famous painters or other artists. Although she has always done creative things, like floral arranging on a grand scale, and singing with a swing band, and making art jewelry, painting is a fairly new activity in her life.
The ability to paint forced its way out after, among other things, being diagnosed with Type One Diabetes when she was 47 years old. Yeah that’s the one most folks realize they have when the are kids. Overnight, life changed dramatically. Maybe visual art was a way of dealing with the emotions that come along with such a thing. Maybe this was just the culmination of everything that life had given her thus far. Regardless of how it happened, whether she got her art instruction from a fancy French master or straight from God, the result is striking. There is no denying that her art is happy and hopeful, colorful and bright. A spot of beauty in a sometimes gray and dismal world. I bet it makes you smile if you will let it.
A lifelong resident of Alabama, Lucy was born and raised in Jackson County. She earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Birmingham Southern College and attended school on a voice scholarship. She now lives in Huntsville, the rocket capital of the world, with her son and an ever changing menagerie of rescued animals.
Lucy leads small and large groups of seasoned and beginning artists in North Alabama. She is currently volunteer teaching high school art in the Title One Jackson County, Alabama schools because “everyone should have the chance to experience the joy creating art can bring regardless of your economic status.”
Her work is available at The Little Green Store and Gallery in Huntsville, Alabama; Wild Oats and Billy Goats in Decatur, Georgia; The Upper West Side Connection in Atlanta, GA.