Miss Lancashire’s Talent Entry to Miss England 2016
I have had a strong love for all things arts and crafts since I was at a very young age. I remember the first thing I would do in the morning is run downstairs with all my pens and pencils and just draw and create anything I wanted!
Going through school, it was clear what subjects I excelled in. Everything was art based for me and it still is today. My grades in high school echoed my favourite subjects, I studied Art and Design at the Wigan School for the Arts and then went on to get a degree in Fine Art at the Manchester School of Art. I am now very fortunate to have a job as a Visual Merchandiser where I use my artistic and creative skills to create window displays and hotspots, with occasionally doing maintenance work including painting and decorating around a department store in Bolton called Beales.
I was lucky to be born with such a great talent. It runs in the family – quite a lot of my relatives, including my beautiful mum, are good at art and enjoy the subject. It’s only in these past few months that I have been trying to create artwork again. My time at university was really tough, I never felt as though I ever did fit in to the ‘fine art’ way of things. My aim is to enjoy my work, and hope others enjoy looking at it. To me, art should be pleasing and visually stimulating, everyone is different when it comes to art, and that is the beauty of it!
Art teaches you to express yourself, it shows that everyone is different and has their own idea of what art should be, it lets you know that it is okay to have an opinion. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
When producing my Miss England Talent entry it was clear to me what my talent would be. I chose to film myself creating a piece of artwork and each process stage. My video shows how I would typically make a piece of artwork I was hoping to sell. It’s always been a dream of mine to sell my artwork for a living, I am currently in the process of building my own art business, selling my own original art work. These things do take time and of course I want everything to be set up properly, let’s hope in years to come my hard work pays off.
When creating artwork I normally recycle old frames from charity shops, clean them up and paint them using chalk paints and environmentally friendly finishing wax. The fabrics in which I paint on are scrap pieces from old projects or newly bought from local shops and markets. I always paint with the medium Gouache, which is a thick, elasticity water based paint – perfect for making bright, vibrant colours! I love the contrast of busy floral backgrounds with sickly sweet colours, it’s almost as if they shouldn’t go together, but somehow they always work well as a final image. A fun fact about my work is that very piece of artwork I create is an original, no two pieces are the same! When purchasing one of my paintings you really are gaining something so unique.
As for the subject within my painting, I am constantly inspired by nature. I love painting subjects which are unusual or what are not typically seen as pretty. I normally paint images of fungi, poisonous plants and even plant and cancer cells; it’s about making something beautiful using the ‘unnatural natural’ things around us. In this particular painting I chose to paint a bee, simply because they are beautiful, fascinating creatures we could not live without.
I really hope you enjoy watching my talent video and gain an insight to my creative talents. This video is just a small piece of what I do and love. If you want to see more of my artwork, I am currently creating my own Facebook page which will showcase my recent work. You can take a look here, and be sure to give it a ‘like’, but please bear with me as it is a working process – https://www.facebook.com/OriginalArtworkbyLucy/
Lots of Love
Your Miss Lancashire, Lucy xxx