Lucinda Law, botanical artist and founding director of Within & Co
What began as a casual hobby bloomed into a full-time career for Law, who has worked on commissioned projects for Leica, Changi Airport Group and Chanel. I started painting when I was 17 years old. [I came across] a book titled The Magic and Medicine of Plants in my house one day. Inspired by the botanical illustrations inside the book, I taught myself botanical watercolour painting. The practice brought me complete creative joy and meditative peace and I continued to be a ‘bedroom’ painter for the next three years. A deep instinct urged me to start painting again two years ago when I started my nature-led creative studio, Within. I got my first gig as the first artist to illustrate the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. One thing led to another and I found myself where I’m meant to be.
In my nature-led arts workshops and creative retreats, I help female working professionals gain the creative confidence they may have somehow lost along the way. Additionally, I get to design syllabuses to enhance our guests’ immersive experience with the beauty of nature and connect them to its therapeutic benefits. As a botanical artist, I create works that explore relationships between people, plants and planet while living a life closer to nature.
I feel a sense of gratitude to be in Singapore to be doing the kind of work I do—to be surrounded by an abundance of botanical inspirations and access to the resources for my research and projects. Most importantly, as a female artist and creative entrepreneur born and raised in Singapore, I’m thankful to have the incredible support from so many people for the opportunities they’ve provided and their appreciation for the work.
What goes on, most of the time, is background work involving research, documentation and painting of plants, epecially of the native species or species from around the region. I’m working towards projects that will bring both the beauty and function of the plants to the foreground as well as creating an artwork commissioned by Diptyque. My team and I are excited about our upcoming natureled creative retreats in Chiang Mai (3 to 10 November) and Hawaii (23 February to 4 March 2019). We’re also collaborating with brands such as Banyan Tree and Changi Airport to create botanical-inspired merchandise. I’ve a painting schedule and list of plants to paint lined up for a year-end exhibition, commissions, book projects and exhibitions for 2019. I recently worked with Changi Airport Group, where my botanical wallpaper and paintings are installed as the hoardings for the Arrival Hall of Terminal 1.
In 2016, Lucinda Law was appointed as Singapore’s brand personality for the launch of Chanel No. 5 L’eau to create an illustration of Chanel No. 5 and three videos on her art journey with the French brand.