Graduating from Siena Heights College, MI., with a BFA in painting, drawing, and photography, Lucy moved to Kansas City, MO., to work for Hallmark Cards. Corporate work chafed, however, and she embarked on a career as a freelance fantasy artist.
Lucy has exhibited her art at science fiction conventions, Renaissance Festivals, and art fairs. She illustrated magazines and books in both the U.S. and Europe, most notably the cover for Andre Norton’s book Wizard’s Worlds (see my Homepage). She also continued to hone her various skills in painting and portraiture.
She jumped to a new occupation in 1995 when she discovered the Natural History exhibit industry. Working first for Chase Studio in southern MO and then for Taylor Studios in Rantoul IL, Lucy painted murals and illustrations for over ten years. She considers her Cretaceous mural, installed at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, IL, the high point of that career.
Lucy’s creative energy is not all spent on her art. She has completed a Master’s degree in Theology from Loyola University in New Orleans, and hopes to use it to explore her interests in science and faith, feminine spirituality and fantasy/SF as modern myth. The painting Ruach reflects these interests, portraying the creative Spirit of God as female, because the Hebrew word is feminine in gender.
Lucy next became a bookseller at Pages For All Ages, an independent bookstore. She painted a mural for their children’s department, designed seasonal displays, and coordinated the art exhibits that Pages hosted.
When that fine bookstore closed after 20 years in business, Lucy looked into many possibilities for an new direction in her career, and even started another small business as a professional organizer.
She took courses at her local community college, improving her knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign, and becoming aquainted with animation via Flash, AfterEffects, and MAYA.
Having spent a few years in Michigan, spending time with family, and taking more digital art classes, Lucy now lives in Oak Park, IL. She is working full-time as an illustrator for an educational toy company in Chicago.