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Lucy Dickens
Lucy Dickens Fine Art

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The elements in the environment?every leaf, animal, cloud?they, without question bend gently toward the light. So do I. It?s with this notion that I collaborate with my environment to bring these spectacular scenes in nature to canvas. I am so much a part of my paintings, that the paintbrush is more or less an extension of my heart and mind. And this collaboration of the elements, me included, combines to transform a simple piece of canvas into an experience to share.

This is my intention; to take in phenomenal scenes and express my gratitude for being part of it by painting landscapes, botanicals, and wildlife from around the world. I am merely a part of it. All this is the expression of love and beauty given to us by our creator and I?m honored to be able to recreate His masterful work in my paintings.

When I began to explore my talents, I was, well, a blank canvas ready to be transformed. To develop ?
my work, the steps I took began before I knew I was taking them. First, I learned the possibilities of capturing the beauty of nature through the work of my parents?one a photographer and the other a watercolorist. As my gift of painting unfolded over the years, I studied great masters, especially the Hudson River Valley painters, such as Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church. The way they handled the atmosphere and light, a sense of the divine, draws me deeply and influences my work today. The classes and instruction at the Scottsdale Artists? School, and other one on one instruction, including the guidance of Jason Horejs, of Xanadu Gallery, brought my work that much further, including embracing the fundamentals of the art business.
Another component that feeds into my work is the experience I share with each painting. Whether I?ve traveled halfway across the world or just outside my front door, I?m not only looking at every scene as a potential painting, but I?m stepping into the adventure and bringing back with me the thoughts, feelings, adventures, and experiences to share with others. They say ?every picture tells a story,? and I?m sharing this journey hoping to bring viewers along with me. I want them to become engaged and find the same joy in the moment I did when I first experienced it. I want to bring light, hope, beauty, and a sense of grace through my work and words.

All these elements are intentional and it?s how and why I create. It?s all a part of my daily life, of every moment. It is experiencing, capturing, and sharing these moments wherever they may be. Being able to gaze into a scene and renew and recharge from it, and then bring it to someone else is a gift from God I don?t take for granted. It?s one of the reasons I spend time in that gaze as I know it?s fleeting. The opportunity to experience and capture it will not last so I intentionally take it all in and then reach for my brushes to recreate the magic!

The enjoyment of painting, sharing, and storytelling is endless! Whether through art shows, representation, events, or publishings; to know that my work can land in front of so many eyes and engage the spirit of ? viewers means my work is not just for me. Each brushstroke is for someone else. Each story is me sharing ? the experience with them. It has been shared with me by God and the work I do is simply paying it forward.
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Lucy Dickens | Storyteller of Fine Art
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Award winning Arizona artist, Lucy Dickens has created a unique, story-like approach to landscape painting, which has the Fine Art Community and collectors abuzz. Dickens discovers the landscape, and then transforms it into a narrative pictorial on canvas. Her landscape paintings convey an emotional reaction that transports the viewer into scenes of beautiful tranquility; an authentic place and time.

"I paint landscapes because I'm drawn to moments that take my breath away", explains Dickens. "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."

As the daughter of a watercolorist and a photographer, Dickens spent most of her childhood exploring the outdoors. She and her family would hike and camp their way through the back country of Arizona and the greater Southwest. In more recent time, Dickens has had the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful places on Earth. These experiences instilled a great appreciation for nature and a ubiquitous beauty, along with a passion for capturing such experiences on canvas and in word.

Dickens employs her spiritual love of nature to evoke feelings of peace in her artwork. "The interplay of light and shadow draw me deeply into a scene," she explains of her process. "What does the light touch? What is hiding in the shadows? I love 'the magic hour' just before dusk when the shadows grow long and the golden light caresses the landscape before me."

From an early age, Dickens has been drawn to the incredible work of the great masters, especially the Hudson River Valley painters, such as Thomas Cole and Fredrick Church. She spent time studying these artists, their handling of oil paints, mastery of atmosphere and light, and capturing a sense of the divine that influences her work today.

"I most enjoy painting in a series from my travels; bringing my viewers along for the journey through depicting images and my written 'story' accompanying each painting," explains Dickens. "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."
Dickens resides in the majestic state of Arizona where she feels it's a privilege to be surrounded by the colorful, and dynamic imagery of the Southwest. She furthers, "There are few places on Earth where you can enjoy the morning on a glorious lake cut by glaciers and rising red rocks, have lunch watching a gentle snowfall in a quiet forest, then end the day watching a sunset standing on the rim of the largest canyon in the world! Arizona is an artist's paradise and as an artist, I've dedicated my life to capturing this God given beauty on canvas."

Lucy Dickens Fine Art 602-653-7002

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