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artist in focus: lucy merriman

Lucy’s work is rooted in response to the surrounding landscape through emotive colour and expressive brushstrokes, focusing on printmaking processes and painting. She is fascinated by the use of colour and how it can influence feeling and change perception, prompting interactions that we feel rather than see

How do you describe your work?

I create vibrant mixed media landscapes using a blend of analogue and digital printmaking processes with painting. My work is abstract and semi abstract, often combining graphic form with layers of gestural brushstrokes. I work with colour, layering acrylic onto plywood then using silk screen print derived from photographs stripped to their raw state, to create contrasting graphic form

What would you say are your greatest influences?

I am influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Colorfield. I worked with colour and print in the fashion and sportswear industries for nearly 3 decades; this has greatly influenced my use of digital printmaking and natural verses hyperreal colour as part of my process

Who do you have in mind when you create your work?

I think of collectors with a love of colour and expressionism who appreciate modern interpretations of the surrounding landscape. For example, I have sold to couples who would like the artwork for a specific place in their home, many after refurbishing interiors

What makes your art different, special and irresistible?

Having worked as a colour and print consultant for many years, I bring that knowledge and expertise to my artistic practice with an eye for colour and modern trends. By using a technique of screen-printing and expressive painting, driven by colour, this makes the work different to other contemporary painters

What do people say when they see your portfolio? How does your art make them feel?

People primarily react to the use of colour and the energy of the brushstrokes. They have an emotional connection to the piece and feel uplifted

What do you think motivates people to buy your art? How does it appeal to the heart?

My work is full of emotive colour and expressive brushstrokes that provoke positive feelings. The mix of hyperreal colour and the landscape creates a new interaction and perspective

People respond not only to the use of colour but also connect to the sense of ‘place’ the artwork is based on. The collector may have a strong connection with that place and connect with the work on a personal level


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