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LUCY Daw­son’s Bac­ton gallery, Lucy Art, is a cor­nu­copia of fresh, coun­try in­spired art for walls, cush­ions, lamp­shades – in fact, al­most any sur­face or space you could wish to dec­o­rate, it seems.

“It’s evolved to in­cor­po­rate a whole range of prod­ucts in­spired by orig­i­nal paint­ings,” ex­plains Lucy. “As well as well as orig­i­nal wa­ter­colour paint­ings we have lim­ited edi­tion gi­clee prints and cards. Most re­cently the col­lec­tion has ex­panded to in­clude home fur­nish­ings and kitchen linen, in­clud­ing cush­ions, lamp­shades, aprons, nap­kins and ta­ble run­ners, Aga cov­ers, make-up bags and tea tow­els. I also do com­mis­sions.”

Lucy started the gallery eight years ago with just one room up­stairs at the build­ing in Fin­bow’s Yard, and has grad­u­ally ex­panded to us­ing the en­tire space to dis­play art. She has been an artist since child­hood.

“For as long as I can re­mem­ber I have al­ways painted and drawn. At the age of five a teacher made a com­ment on my draw­ing skills and I think I de­cided then that’s what I must do. I stud­ied graphic de­sign at univer­sity, but after star­ing at a com­puter screen do­ing web­site de­sign I de­cided it wasn’t re­ally what I wanted to do, so took the plunge and rented a space ex­hibit­ing my pic­tures. I started by do­ing com­mis­sions and pet por­traits.” Lucy is in­spired by na­ture and Suf­folk wildlife. “We’re so lucky to have such beau­ti­ful un­spoilt na­ture and scenery in Suf­folk. One of my favourite an­i­mals to paint is the hare. They’re such quirky an­i­mals and when they run it’s so im­pres­sive – the speed is as­ton­ish­ing.” In 2018 Lucy will be ex­pand­ing the col­lec­tion of fab­ric and tex­tile de­signs that will be made into lamp­shades. “We make all the lamp­shades in the stu­dio space next to the gallery. I also plan to fea­ture the de­signs on some ex­clu­sive chi­naware which will all be hand­made in this coun­try.” Lucy also un­der­takes com­mis­sions for pet por­traits and mu­rals.

“The two most mem­o­rable were a sketch I com­pleted for a gen­tle­man of his late wife. He came in with his daugh­ter and they both had their own favourite pho­to­graph of her. I did a sketch of both and the re­ac­tion was so spe­cial when I com­pleted them.

“Another was a gi­ant mu­ral, seven me­tres by five me­tres, that I com­pleted for a cus­tomer in Alde­burgh. It took three months and we just kept adding to it. Projects like that are rare and spe­cial. It evolved from two ladies, ap­ple pick­ing up a tree, to in­cor­po­rat­ing a cat, geese, chick­ens, hum­ming­birds, and even a life size fam­ily dog!” Lucy Art, Fin­bows Yard, Sta­tion Road Bac­ton Suf­folk IP14 4NH Email: lucy@bel­laart.co.uk Phone: +44 (0) 7919103496

“We’re so lucky to have such beau­ti­ful un­spoilt na­ture and scenery in Suf­folk. One of my favourite an­i­mals to paint is the hare”

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