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Art & Life with Lucy Dickens

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucy Dickens.

Lucy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
As the daughter of a watercolorist and a photographer, I spent most of my childhood exploring the outdoors. We would hike and camp our way through the back country of Arizona and the greater Southwest. Today my family and I have had the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful places on Earth. These experiences have instilled in me a great appreciation for nature and the beauty all around us, along with a passion for capturing these experiences on canvas and in word.

From the first time I put brush to canvas, I knew this is what I was supposed to be doing. This is who I am. I had no idea where it would take me and I still don’t. But I know this, I must paint! The more I paint a deep passion wells up inside me and fills me with a sense of purpose.

From an early age, I have been drawn to the incredible work of the great masters, especially the Hudson River Valley painters, such as Thomas Cole and Fredrick Church. Studying these artists and their handling of oil paints, their mastery of atmosphere and light, along with capturing a sense of the divine influences my work today.

I paint landscapes because I’m drawn to moments that take my breath away. It’s those moments of beauty that cause me to feel, to reflect, and to give thanks; a scene that has a power, placidity and intensity that draws me in. It’s these fleeting illustrations that I strive to capture. There is a story in these segments of time, and therefore, a story in all my paintings. I am a Fine Art Storyteller.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I paint landscapes and close up botanicals in oil predominantly because I’m drawn to moments that take my breath away. It’s those moments of beauty that cause me to feel, to reflect, and to give thanks that draws me in. It’s these fleeting illustrations that I strive to capture. The interplay of light and shadow draw me deeply into a scene. What does the light touch? What is hiding in the shadows, how do they dance? I love the sound of the wind in the trees or water gently lapping the shore, a bubbling brook and the dance of dragonflies darting to and for. It’s all entrancing to me, I think of how I can convey these experiences in oil paint and in word.

I most enjoy painting in a series from my travel journeys, bringing viewers along on this journey with me through painting images and my written “story” accompanying each painting. I hope to evoke feelings of serenity and grace, a scene to transport you to another place and time exploring the mystery within, to capture memories, and those fleeting moments of beauty. There is a story evolving all around us and my hope is to inspire others through my images and words.

“Her realism is not about reproducing a scene, but rather capturing those special moments with all the accompanying magic. In this regard, she has a gift. She is able to reveal spirit and enable viewers to be part of the experience as she makes a special connection with her subject matter and honors its essence. People respond.” Donna Kublin, Images AZ Magazine

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
The downturn in the market was tough for artists and galleries alike. However, that was the time for me to keep painting and growing in my skill and talent preparing for what was next. I have always had a positive outlook on life, art, and business. I feel the conditions for artists today are great. I have seen a continual increase in my exposure, sales, new collectors, and attention to my work, and press coverage over the years. I think it is important to keep growing as an artist and work to stay in front of people, to keep them aware of what you are up to and your new work. I think a unique appeal for me personally, is my storytelling. Each painting has a story that accompanies it bringing you on the journey with me. I find many connect to my work because of this in a deeper way. I feel it is also important to stay positive, genuinely care about all you meet and their stories, show them that they are important, welcomed, and cherished.

I also feel in today’s day and age, more opportunities for artists have opened for a much greater reach. Online visibility and social media outlets allow so many more people to see your work and gives additional selling opportunities like never before. Don’t get me wrong, I do very much feel there is an important place and role for galleries and museums as well. I only say times have and are changing and we must all evolve with them.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My gallery and working studio in Carefree AZ is open by appointment and for many art events. I am a host studio during the prestigious Sonoran Art League’s Hidden in the Hills Open Studio Tour. This is a free self-guided event the Fri.-Sun. before and after Thanksgiving each year. Over 180 artists are spread amongst 50 studios across Carefree, Cave Creek, and North Scottsdale. At my location we have a diverse group of 6 wonderfully talented artists to explore their creations and see them working their craft.

In addition, I participate in many other shows and events across the state, including some national shows like the National Oil and Acrylic Painters and American Women Artists. Currently I am the featured artist at the Cave Creek Museum as well.

Keep up to date on all my shows and events and new work via my monthly newsletter. You can sign up on the home page of my website, 602-653-7002

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Image Credit:
Not sure if you want who photographed my actually paintings? Michael Johnson photographed them all except for Autumn Gift, Ellie Bregant photographed that one. As for the image of my studio, Ellie Bregant photographed them as well. The one of me was photographed by Amanda Dickens

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