Growing up as the daughter of both a photographer and a watercolorist, Lucy Dickens developed a keen eye and passion for the outdoors. “I always loved watching my mom paint; she first encouraged and inspired me to create.” Her family was also avid outdoor explorers, backpacking and camping their way through some of the most pristine wilderness many never see. Lucy developed such an appreciation for nature and as a budding artist began to study everything, the way the sunlight struck the mountain ridges and sparkled across the water, the way the clouds formed and the setting sunbathed everything in warm light.
Lucy did not start out to be an oil painter. Upon entering high school, art was naturally her favorite subject; concentrating most on pencil and charcoal drawings. At age 19, she married her high school sweetheart, Richard; they began a family and birthed a business all while she worked full time. “My sketching was still very important to me, soothing to my soul. At that time, I really didn’t have aspirations of making a career of it, it was just something I enjoyed for me and shared with others. Maybe in part because art was never the primary professions of my talented parents.”
In 2004 after moving into a new home Lucy wanted to paint a mural in their bathroom. “I suppose I need to see if I can paint first!” She asked Richard to bring a scrap piece of drywall home to give it a try. Using simple bottles of craft paint Lucy jumped right in. “Little by little this tropical oasis emerged, my heart opened more and more as I painted. I began to feel such an excitement and could see I had a talent for this, even though there was no comparison to what I am painting now.” Richard, always so supportive, bought her a real artist acrylic paint set and easel and she was on her way.
Lucy’s work has attracted the attention of press and collector’s alike. She has been featured in publications such as Southwest Art, Images AZ Magazine, the Foothills Focus, Leisure Lifestyle Magazine, and Informed Collector to name a few. Dickens has exhibited with NOAPS, OPA, The Scottsdale Artist School’s Best and the Brightest, and the Glendale Arts Council’s 51st Annual Juried Exhibit where she received 1st place in oil and a purchase award. The City of Glendale added Sonoran Rainbow to their permanent collection.