Lucia Smith is a landscape painter based in Ilkley, where she has lived for twenty years. In the 1980s she chose short-courses of art tuition over a college course, identifying specific techniques, choosing influences and enjoying the freedom of experimentation. She eventually studied with soft pastel portrait artist Janet Hayes in Melbourne, Australia. She describes this as a pivotal time for her and since then Lucia has worked predominantly with soft pastel, although often using other media for underpainting. She has a keen interest in the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. Of this she says:
I have always loved the moors of the wonderful Yorkshire Dales – their timelessness, their hugeness, their solidity – a place to wander and enjoy a different pace.
I enjoy those glorious moments when the contours of the clouds suddenly match those of the lands, or when the light suddenly illuminates a field or a rocky outcrop, or when one simply reaches the crest of a heather-covered hill and the world seems to say ‘look at me!
Lucia has exhibited her work in UK galleries around Yorkshire, the Midlands, and overseas in Australia.
In Yorkshire her work has been exhibited and sold at the Tamara Lawson Gallery in Harrogate, Chantry House Gallery, Ripley and the Art Shop Gallery in Ilkley. Her work also features on the Ilkley Art Trail and has was presented on the Bradford Big Screen in Centenary Square in October 2016 as a part of a Not Just Hockney/Bradford UNESCO City of Film joint project to promote the work of local artists.
Lucia also teaches students at home and gives demonstrations and workshops at art clubs and societies throughout the region.
Artist’s Website: Lucia Smith
See also Lucia Smith’s ‘My Art’ statement and additional images at http://www.notjusthockney.info/smith-lucia-2/