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Capturing Souls on Canvas: The Distinctive Portraiture of Lucy Perfect

Updated: Apr 16

Today, we have the pleasure of sitting down with the renowned portrait artist and Mumble member, Lucy Perfect.



Lucy is an established portrait artist renowned for her unique approach to capturing the essence and personality of her subjects. By utilising a series of photographs taken during her interactions with the individuals she paints, Lucy injects life into her portraits, going beyond mere physical representation to convey the authentic spirit of each person.


Lucy Perfect

 

Lucy's artistic journey began with her studies in Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art and Richmond American International University, where she honed her skills and developed her distinctive style. Her talent and dedication have earned her recognition in the art world, with exhibitions in London and Milan showcasing her captivating work.

 

Sought after for her ability to create portraits that resonate on a deep level with her clients, Lucy has been commissioned both privately and commercially across the UK, Europe, and America. Her portraits are known for their attention to detail and commitment to authenticity, setting them apart in the field of contemporary portraiture.

 

Through her masterful use of a series of photographs, Lucy captures the subtle changes in expression, posture, and mannerisms that define an individual's unique personality. By spending time with her subjects and engaging with them during the photography sessions, she gains insight into their stories and translates those qualities onto the canvas, resulting in portraits that feel genuine and alive.

 

Lucy's work has garnered significant attention and praise from both clients and art enthusiasts alike. Her ability to connect with her subjects and honour their stories through her portraits has established her as a respected and influential figure in the art community.


Lucy Perfect

Q.): Lucy, you've become known for your unique approach to portraiture. Can you tell us a bit about your artistic journey and what inspired you to pursue this path?

 

A.): From a young age, I have been captivated by the world of art, finding immense joy in drawing and painting. Growing up in a family of artists, with both my father and aunt pursuing creative paths, I was constantly inspired by their talent and dedication. As a little girl, I would watch in awe as my father brought his creations to life, his hands moving with seemingly effortless grace. His ability to capture the essence and character of his subjects was truly remarkable, and it ignited a spark within me.

 

When I began my journey at art school, I discovered my true passion for life drawing. The human form, in all its complexity and beauty, has always held a special place in my heart. I find myself endlessly fascinated by the intricacies of the human body – the way muscles curve and contour, the delicate texture of skin, and the incredible capacity for conveying emotion through even the subtlest of gestures. It is this deep appreciation for the human form that has become the driving force behind my artistic pursuits, guiding me as I strive to capture the raw essence of the individuals I portray.

 

Q.): You've had exhibitions in Milan and London. How did these experiences shape your artistic style and focus?

 

A.): My artistic journey took an exciting turn when I moved to Milan for my first solo exhibition. Inspired by the city's romance, I studied landscapes and played with the colours of sunsets and sunrises. However, my passion for conveying emotion led me back to life drawing, and I began painting dancers, captivated by their ability to tell stories through movement.

 

My first London show, "Thoughts & Feelings," featured figurative paintings reflecting my self-discovery in Milan. The positive reception propelled me to create my second exhibition, "Emotions," which portrayed my journey into motherhood. This series celebrated the complex tapestry of emotions accompanying this life-altering experience, from overwhelming love and joy to the challenges and uncertainties. "Emotions" showcased the power of art as a means of self-expression and a celebration of the universal experiences that unite us all.

 

Q.): Your portraits have a way of capturing the essence of your subjects. Can you walk us through your process and how you approach each commission?

 

A.): As I delved into portraiture, I naturally began capturing the likenesses of my own children and my friends' children. Word of my work spread, and my business flourished. I realised that my portraits were more than just physical resemblances; they were telling unique stories and encapsulating specific moments in time, revealing the essence of each individual's personality.


Painting a child's portrait is challenging, as they rarely sit still for long. However, by connecting with these young subjects and creating an atmosphere of comfort, I could capture their authentic selves. I would spend time watching them play, engaging in conversations about their interests, and getting to know their unique quirks. As we built rapport, the children would let their guard down, allowing me to capture candid photographs or videos that encapsulated their true essence.


Lucy Perfect's portrait

 

Back in my studio, I would create a portrait that celebrated the remarkable individual I had come to know. Each piece became a labour of love, a testament to the beauty and complexity of the human spirit, and a celebration of life's precious moments. Through this process, I discovered the power of portraiture as a means of telling stories, preserving memories, and honouring the unique essence of every individual before my easel.

 

Q.): What has been the most rewarding aspect of your work as a portrait artist?

 

A.): The reaction of my clients, and the subjects, is the best part. The emotion and the joy that I get back is the most rewarding feeling ever. I have since been commissioned to draw pets, entire families including grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, often in situations where these families can't all be together. This was particularly important during lockdown.


Lucy Perfect's Portrait

Q.): The lockdown presented unique challenges for artists. How did you adapt your process and continue to create meaningful work during this time?

 

A.): When creating a group composition, the challenge is capturing the relationship between the subjects. Of course during lockdown, I wasn't able to meet the people I was drawing so I used video calls and clips, family snaps and descriptions of the personalities. I then spend a long time creating a composition that feels natural and captures the dynamics of that family.

 

Q.): You've mentioned that you've been trusted to create portraits of those who have passed away. Can you share what that experience is like for you as an artist?

 

A.): I aim to bring a feeling of life and connection to my portraits and because of this. This is always the most emotional part of what I do but it is the greatest honour. When I am entrusted with such a commission, I feel a deep sense of responsibility to honour the person's memory and provide solace to their loved ones. I approach these projects with the utmost care and empathy, taking the time to listen to the family's stories and memories of their beloved. I ask for photographs, videos, and any other mementos that can help me gain a deeper understanding of the person's essence.


Lucy Perfect's Portrait

 

Q.): In addition to your acclaimed portraiture work, your newest collection "Butterfly" explores themes of womanhood and the female experience. Tell us a bit more about the inspiration behind it.

 

A.): The lockdown period presented a unique opportunity for me to connect with clients worldwide without the need for travel. This newfound time and space allowed me to finally bring to life a collection I had been contemplating for years, throughout my 30s and now into my 40s. The 'Butterfly' Collection is a heartfelt tribute to women, celebrating the challenges we face and the grace and determination with which we meet them.

 

As women, we possess an incredible duality – the ability to be soft and gentle, yet simultaneously fierce and strong. From our teens and into our twenties, we navigate the complexities of life, striving to find the confidence to follow our hearts while often doubting our own worthiness. We are brilliant, creative, and resilient, yet we frequently question ourselves. Our bodies and hormones undergo profound changes, but we continue to push forward, supporting one another along the way. We understand the shared challenges we've faced on our journeys, and this understanding forges an unbreakable bond. I am incredibly grateful for the remarkable people in my life who have stood by me, offering their unwavering support and guidance.

 

Q.): Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring artists who are just starting their journey?

 

A.): To every aspiring artist, I encourage you to fearlessly embrace your own story and believe wholeheartedly in yourself, your passion, and your dreams. Never stop moving forward, continuously challenge yourself, and approach your art with a bold and brave spirit. Trust in your unique artistic voice, have faith in your creative journey, and allow your imagination to take flight. Spread your wings and soar, knowing that a life dedicated to pursuing your passion and purpose is a life free from regret. 🦋

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