CANADIAN ARTIST LUCY MANLEY
Lucy Manley's favourite subject is the traditional landscape, quite often with teams of horses, sugar shacks and old buildings, as well as the wilderness scenes of northern Ontario, all rendered in a loose painterly quality. Painting 'on location' is where most of her work is created. She thoroughly enjoys nature and tries to get out in all kinds of weather. Later in the studio, Lucy makes compositional adjustments that are required...adding or deleting shapes, values...sometimes putting figures that would complete the overall feeling and statement of her work. However, there are times when a field sketch captures all the qualities necessary, leaving very little if anything to do in the studio in order to preserve the freshness and spontaneity of the moment.
Early interest in art led her to study in Peterborough, Ontario with John Norton at Kenner Collegiate and later with David Bierk, Eric Loder and Edwin Matthews at Sir Sandford Fleming College. There she completed first year of Fine Arts. This led to further studies at Trent University. Since then she has attended many workshops around Ontario headed by such artists as Poul Thrane, Guttorn Otto and Pauline Holancin; and the Buckhorn School of Fine Arts. Lucy has been painting full time since 1989.
As an active member of the East Central Art Association for over 15 years, she has the position of Bulletin Editor producing a quarterly newsletter to over 300 members. Her work has been accepted in the Associations' annual juried shows where she has won several awards: Best in Show, Juror's Choice and Honourable Mentions. She is also a member of the Art Gallery of Peterborough where her work is represented in the Art Rental Service.
Her work has regularly been accepted at the annual juried shows of the VAC (Visual Arts Centre) in Bowmanville, Ontario where she has received the Award of excellence and Award of Merit. In addition to her home studio, her Jeep YJ serves her purpose perfectly as a portable studio enabling her access to the rugged Ontario terraine, transporting her and painting gear to the next painting site. She can quickly set up along side her jeep to paint or under the hatch-back in inclement weather. Sitting behind the wheel to sketch and paint is sometimes necessary due to rain and snow or just to be able to remain inconspicuous such as to capture a busy street scene in Toronto. By 1995 she was teaching art for Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario; doing a week-long summer workshop in July at Bridgewater Retreat in Actinolite; as well as teaching one day classes a week at Warkworth during the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions. In addition to these she teaches one-day workshops at the Springbank Visual Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario on a monthly basis. She was selected as Artist-in-Residence for 2 years at Bon Echo Provincial Park at Cloyne, Ontario. Here she met the public while painting the landscapes of the park. Many of her compositions there included the famous Mazinaw Rock which is often referred to as Canada's Gibraltar.