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Lucy Marks is a contemporary painter working in oil and watercolour whose dynamic compositions communicate the changing energy and movement within the landscape. Her works capture all energies of the land, sea and sky; from wild seas to quiet landscapes.
She works directly in the environment and uses these sketches as her primary source back in her studio to develop her work further. Her fresh and instinctive marks, the juxtaposition of colours and textures and use of raw materials, convey the physicality of the subject. It is this physicality that encourages viewers to ‘feel’ as opposed just to ‘see’. Viewing the works becomes a sensory and emotional experience, encouraging us to explore our memories and subliminal perceptions of place.
Lucy holds an MA in Fine Art and lives and works on the South Coast. She uses both the South Downs and the Coast as her inspiration for her oils and watercolours. Working outside and in her studio, she removes any indication of representation or figuration in her work.
Lucy deliberately avoids traditional associations whether social, cultural or ‘place specific’ commonly used as anchors in landscape painting. The removal of these associations allows both artist and viewer to interpret the work for themselves.
She has won a number of awards including the Humphrey’s Purchase Prize at the ING Discerning Eye and The St. Cuthbert’s Mill Leisure Painter Prize at the Patching Festival of Art. She has exhibited widely including: The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The ING Discerning Eye, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Society of Women Artists, The Chelsea Art Society, and Heatherley School of Fine Art.
Lucy is also a member of the Hesketh Hubbard Society and has had works exhibited in London and across the UK as well as being featured in the Artists & Illustrators Magazine and in 2021, Lucy was elected as an Associate Member of the Royal Watercolour Society (ARWS).