Lucy grew up in rural Worcestershire before she went to Chelsea College of Art. From there she went on to read English Literature at University College London, before returning to painting. It is perhaps because of these two disciplines that she is so concerned with the narrative of her subject matter.
There is a recurring theme of absence which surfaces in Lucy's work; in it we feel that temperate sense of loss with the passing of time, with the evasive memories of childhood, the illusory presentiment of permanence in life, the evanescence of a landscape. She paints portraits that combine the proximity of the present with the haunting and evocative relationship we have with the past.
Her work is tender, intimate and expressive and exhibits an affection for the subject that adds warmth and depth to the portrait. Lucy works from life and from photographs, and her images convey an essential likeness, whilst also revealing the inner life of her sitter.
In her landscapes, dilapidated caravans and decaying barns challenge our understanding of emptiness and abandonment; they remind us that absence can be beautiful. A vast evocation of sky, coupled with her light and skilful use of colour, transform these devasted structures into significant forms that somehow please, leaving us a little questioning.