Perhaps the narrative quality which is so strongly present in Lucie Motion’s work can be traced to the genesis of her artistic career - a BA in English Literature. Yet it also owes much to the panel paintings and tapestries of the International Gothic Movement, the frescoes of Early Florentine Renaissance artists such as Paolo Uccello, and the refined strokes of Japanese screen and botanical artists.
Lucie began engaging seriously in printmaking following a course at Kensington and Chelsea College in 1999. The technique of etching particularly suited her detailed drawing style – a style which was to develop during the three years she spent at the College of the Desert in California. Lucie went on to assist her tutor in a series of collaborative, large-scale murals in local schools, with children who otherwise had no art in their curriculum.
Whilst in the USA, Lucie began painting for the first time. Breaking away from the familiar linear boundaries that govern drawing and etching, Lucie began to explore the colours, themes and motifs, and detailed flora and fauna, which feature so heavily in Classical frescoes and Medieval hunting scenes.
Her current work involves the combination of traditional, evocative materials such as gold and copper leaf, with modern iridescent acrylics. The blend of media, coupled with the narrative methods detailed above, results in beautifully rendered works possessed of an appealingly timeless quality.
Drawing inspiration from classical traditions of ancient Rome, Japan screens, old master portraits, her work varies from artichokes on raw linen canvas, fresco-style paintings and animals and landscapes on gold, copper or silver leaf.
Recently Lucie has undertaken 'Old Master' style portraits of dogs - portrayed in Regency, Napoleon costume. Featured in March 2018 edition of English Home magazine's 'posh-dog-buys' related page, her commissions for people's characterful pooches are flooding in.