I paint to celebrate the beauty and variety of nature. It is my way of paying tribute to the magnificent natural world that surrounds us.
My work is representational with impressionistic uses of light, colour and brushstroke. I often exaggerate colour and light to create greater impact or stronger mood. My subject matter is approachable and accessible as I generally paint the everyday subjects and scenes which make British Columbia such an incredible place to live. I hike and ski in the back-country, and so am able to access some very beautiful and interesting places. These are a delight to commit to either canvas or paper.
I generally use oils or acrylics-- but there is nothing quite like oil paint. It has a consistency and immediacy that is not matched by any other medium, and I always use oil when I paint outdoors.
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Since the age of five, Lucy Collings has sketched scenes from her natural surroundings. As a child growing up in South Africa, she enjoyed drawing and painting the horses on her families' farm. Today she is inspired by the mountains where she lives, skis and hikes. She has lived in North Vancouver, British Columbia since 1978.
Lucy enjoys painting "plein air" and finds that those paintings have a special sense of "place". They are a reminder of the weather and flavour of that particular day and location, and specially so if the bugs were bad.
Lucy is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and an active member of the North Shore Artists' Guild.