Lucy has been a professional artist for over 30 years. Her works have been commissioned and/or displayed by notable people and venues such as NASA (Kennedy Space Center), NASA seniors, astronauts and NASA websites, scientists, astrophysicists and astronomers, The House of Representatives (Washington D.C.), Westinghouse, choreographer Ric Birch, independent films and music industries, many galleries, agencies and private collectors worldwide.
She has been published in several books and magazines and has been featured in science and space related blogs and websites. Lucy is a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.
Lucy uses an experimental technique that often results in what she describes as Art Exploration. Working with a diverse mixture of mediums and styles, her work uniquely integrates her interests in astronomy, space exploration, anthropology, spiritual themes, nature and wildlife.
Photo credit: Marie-Dominique Verdier 2010
Born 9/11/64 - Lucy grew up in Frankfort, Ky., immersed in the creative environment of an artistic family. She began selling wildlife and landscape paintings at age fourteen. By seventeen Lucy had launched a full-time business selling fine art and custom airbrushed apparel.
In 1984 Lucy moved her business to Daytona Beach, Florida. This era began a decade of artistic transformation as an unyielding desire surfaced to explore new aspects of the creative process. Experimenting with abstract concepts and multi-faceted techniques, images rich in symbolism emerged. As she broke away from traditional subject matter Lucy developed a personal definition of what she found to be artistically important. The outcome of this reflective period is evident in pieces such as "Earthcry" (1990), and "The Nature of Ecstasy" (1991).
In 1990 Lucy reformatted Lucy West Studios to include fine art commissions, large scale murals, architectural and engineering renderings, illustrations for film, music and literary markets, and commercial graphics for corporate and advertising companies. This timeframe also produced contemplative pieces such as "Gateway of Autonomy" (1994),"Lily of the Lake" (1996).
In 2000 she relocated to southern California and exhibited with various galleries including Antiquarius (Beverly Hills) and Artisans Exchange Fair Trade (Claremont). During this time Lucy concentrated her creative study on culturally diverse methods of spiritual seeking. Meditative and reflective, her interest in the human spirit are seen in work such as"Song of Submission" (2002), "Man Who is Honest" (2003).
Lucy and her husband moved to north Idaho in 2005 near the historic town of Sandpoint. She is currently working on two new series titled "Idaho Collection." Her love for the majestic northwest terrain is illustrated in pieces such as "Dogwood, Teal and Gold" (2008), "Tosca's Trail" (2009) and "Celestial Northwest" (2010).
Lucy's interest in astronomy began in 1986 while viewing Haley's Comet, and her enthusiasm for space exploration was sparked during her residency is Florida where she witness many shuttle launches and provided artwork that hung in Kennedy Space Center Launch Control Center during a portion of Space Shuttle era, from 2000 to 2012. Her interest in space exploration, astronomy and the sciences are her current and strongest focus for her art creations, seen in pieces such as "Origins" (2011), The Brush Strokes of star Birth (2012), and M101 Pinwheel Galaxy.
"Origins" and "Dancing With Fate" are featured on NASA Ames Research Center / Kepler Mission website.
5/7/92 - Astronaut Kathy Thornton seen here moments before boarding Space Shuttle Endeavor for its maiden voyage. Crew member Kevin Chilton smiles as a white-room technician displays a gift that Kathy's fellow U.Va. alumni, Mike Leinbach, (Shuttle Test Director at the time) presented her for this momentous occasion. The shirt insignia "Hoo On A Vous" refers to U.Va. mascot (Cavaliers Wahoos) and the extravehicular activity Kathy was involved in during the mission.
Leinbach described for me what Thornton would be involved in during the EVA and asked for the U. Va. mascot to be illustrated on the robotic boom. At the time, I knew very little about space shuttle's, robotic boom's or EVA"s and after much research I realized just how exhilarating of a job astronauts have! Considering the seemingly super human feat of being a space traveler and working "in" space, I had fun illustrating the mascot as a 'Super Hero'.
My interest in astronomy and space exploration made this commission an enjoyable project, but knowing that the end result would be given to Thornton made it even more special. However I did not know that she would be receiving the shirt just before zipping off into space! A real treat. The 8" x 10" photo is one of my prize possessions, the inscription Thornton signed; "Lucy, Thanks for making me look so good on the shirt! Best wishes, Kathy Thornton."
Shortly after the 9/11 tragedy's I began a series of sketches, watercolors and paintings. "Freedom Endures" continues to be a popular favorite from this small collection.
I submitted this piece to Antiquarius, a Beverly Hills gallery that was exhibiting my work at the time. Owner Jerry Thomas, responded to "Freedom Endures" enthusiastically. Thomas and I developed a project that dedicated proceeds from sales of limited edition prints to help rebuild ground zero.
A few months later while attending the West Hollywood Awards Banquet, Thomas and I had the moving experience of presenting a special first run print to Brad Burlingame, the brother of Captain Charles F. Burlingame, pilot of American Flt. 77, which struck the Pentagon.
Lucy West mural painted on a two car garage door, Ormond Beach, FL. - installation early '90's.
This commission became an amusing issue for the owner as she found a regular intrusion of visitors stopping in her driveway day and night to learn details about the mural. "God's Gentle Giants" continues to receive attention from passerby's.
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