I have a friend whose artistry I greatly admire. Her creations are inspiring, authentic and whimsical. I recently spent some time with Lucy, talking to her about her work. Here are some of her thoughtful responses to my questions:
Does creativity run in your family?
Creativity does run in my family, and on both sides. My mother’s grandmother was an actor in Germany and her grandfather was a concert pianist. My mother is a quilter and my father and his father were both self-taught painters.
How important is it for you to create?
It is vital that I create! I need to do something creative every day and I’m always thinking about my next project.
What influences your art?
Everything influences my art! Books, movies, nature, travel, other artists’ work, Pinterest, fabric, magazines, collecting, food.
How would you define your style?
My style is layered and detailed, maximalist. I love to work with vintage paper and keys, old milk bottle lids, gems, dominoes, dice, broken jewelry, vintage bottle caps, etc. I’m always on the lookout for interesting pieces to use.
What kind of art do you do?
I paint, create mosaics, collages, and assemblage, make jewelry, and practice interior design and display.
Do you have a favorite form of art?
I’m a collector by nature and my favorite form of art is a product of that. I started by accumulating mainly small, vintage anything and everything. Then I began arranging pieces by theme or color and gluing them onto wooden shapes. I’m currently working on an assemblage piece.
What do you want to communicate through your art?
I want my art to communicate a sense of nostalgia, childhood, joy, fun and curiosity.
What inspires you?
So many things inspire me to create. I love collecting, antiquing, reading, travel, and talking with creative people. I need quiet time every day to collect my thoughts and daydream.
How would your friends and family describe you?
I think my friends and family would describe me as friendly, but a bit of an introvert. Also, quirky, silly, creative, compassionate, sensitive and a bleeding heart, basically.
Do you sell your art?
I sold jewelry years ago; then life got in the way. Now that I have time, I’m itching to create and sell.
Do you give your art as gifts?
I love to give the art and jewelry I create as gifts. I feel the most creative when I am making things for friends and loved ones.
I’m hoping you are inspired by Lucy’s vision and creativity and the photo of the assemblage piece she is currently working on. I plan to be with Lucy as she completes this piece and sells her work. I’ll let you know how it goes. And Lucy’s boxes? They are stacks of old cigar boxes filled with the treasures she finds to use in her art. The quantity and array are astounding!