Lucy Dickens | Storyteller of Fine Art
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.”
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