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Lucy Young, Coastal Seascape Artist.

Lucy Young lives and paints on the stunning Dorset coast. Her paintings are exhibited in high calibre galleries all over the UK as well as cruise ships and international galleries. Painting in oils and acrylics, with inspiration from coastlines around her, Lucy captures these uplifting scenes to bring joy and beauty into her customers homes.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, would you mind telling us a little bit about your art work and coastal inspiration?

I am a professional seascape artist living and painting on the stunning Dorset coast. Inspiration is drawn from the coast in particular Dorset, Cornwall, Devon and more recently the Isle of Wight.  I paint in oils and Acrylics as this gives me the tools to capture my uplifting scenes, incorporating light and movement.

When did you first start painting and when did you first realise your passion for a career as an artist?

Being creative has always been a passion of mine, I can not remember a time in my life where I was not creating something. I graduated from the University in 2002 with a top BA hons degree. My paintings started to sell in Lyme Regis and Cornish galleries, so in 2006 I took the plunge to become a full time professional artist.  

It paid off as today my paintings are exhibited in high calibre galleries all over the UK, cruise ships and international galleries. I am so humbled to think that so many people have chosen to buy my painting and hang them in their homes. I've never lost the excitement of someone choosing one of my artworks.

On a typical day where you’re working on your art, what happens? What’s the plan for the day?

Recently life has changed due to lock down. I have now got into a habit of waking as early as 5am and going to my garden studio to paint for a couple of hours before the children wake.  There is something truly magical at painting this time of day with the sounds of the birds morning chorus and I find it so productive, focusing me for the day ahead. 

Once the kids are awake my husband and I like to take the kids out for a walk together to get some family time, fresh air and exercise. On my days when I'm painting I feel refreshed and ready to paint again.  I love to listen to music or the radio whilst immersing myself in my paintings.  I paint in layers so I do tend to paint two paintings at any one time as otherwise I would be literally waiting for paint to dry. 

Waking as early as 5am and going to my garden studio... there is something truly magical at painting this time of day with the sounds of the birds morning chorus and I find it so productive.

Above: Lucy Young relaxing with her family on a Swinging Day Bed

If you need a break, to look away from what you’re doing and come back with fresh eyes, where do you go? How do you take a calm moment?

The beach, there is good reason why I paint seascapes.  The colours of the ocean against the sky, the sound of crashing waves and calls of gulls.  The fresh scent of the sea, never fails to refresh and inspire me. And even better when enjoyed with my little family and our two dogs, building sandcastles and jumping in the surf.

How have you been keeping calm and relaxed through the pandemic?

We are very lucky to live in such a low-risk area and although it has been a strange few months living somewhere so beautiful was a blessing.  I do not take for granted just how lucky I am and my heart goes out to anyone who has suffered as a result of the pandemic.

Do you have a favourite place you like to go to relax? A quiet sanctuary?

I love to walk and one of my favourite spots is Golden cap.  It is such a beautiful tranquil spot with views which stretch across from Portland to Lyme Bay.

Tell us about a book or film that changed you.

I don't think there is one book or film in particular which has changed me.  I love books and films about life, love and family.  If it makes me laugh, cry and think all in one book or film then for me it's a winner.  I'm currently binge-watching 'This Is Us' on Amazon Prime, I'm pretty obsessed with this at the moment but I also don't want it to end. Luckily there is more than one series!

I do love visiting Abbotsbury Gardens with it's subtropical plants and meandering pathways.  However for me the Sitting Spiritually garden is my favourite!

What's your favourite garden?

I do love visiting Abbotsbury Gardens with it's subtropical plants and meandering pathways.  However for me the Sitting Spiritually garden is my favourite! My father has created one of the most tranquil relaxing outdoor spaces. 

The day bed is so wonderful for all the family to enjoy. The kids love diving about in all the cushions.  Also my father has recently added a willow tunnel to his garden which my children adore. 

There is even a small bespoke seat inside made by Alex Brookes furniture.

Describe your life in 7 words. 

Fun
Busy 
Active
Loving 
Lucky
Creative
Happy

Do you have any new artwork releases that you'd like to tell us about?

I am launching some Limited Edition Fine Art Giclee Prints, I'm very excited by this printer as there is only a handful of Fine art printers with 3D scanners in the country and the quality of the print on the specialist 'super bright heavy-weight Hahnemühle paper' is incredible! 

The print quality is almost like paint with the depth of colour, texture of the canvas and paint strokes evident.  I have been searching for a printers of this standard for years and now that I have found them I plan on adding more prints in the coming months.

For anyone interested in keeping up to date with my paintings and Ltd edition prints please just sign up for my newsletter on my website and I would be delighted to keep you informed.

Above: 'Lyme Light and Life' which will be available as a print

Take a look at more beautiful artwork by Lucy Young

The Sitting Spiritually 'Have a Seat With' series takes a look behind the scenes at how we switch off from the bustling modern-day lifestyle. We speak to people of all sorts of backgrounds and lifestyles around the country as we seek to explore the different ways of relaxing and just taking a moment.

Posted on August 14th 2020


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