Do you enjoy the Yorkshire Dales as much as I do? They offer me inspiration on a plate; how lucky I am to live here. Capturing their contours, simplifying them to their colourful best and sharing them in exciting compositions is my constant aim.
From earlier years spent in distant countries, I discovered my keen eye for light and colour: carefully chosen details now shape the mood of each Dales piece. I have lived amongst the dales and moors for over 30 years and we have become well acquainted – I love their timelessness, their hugeness, their solidity. Time spent walking here always gives me space to rejuvenate and rebalance; it is the only place I know where I can be simultaneously soothed and uplifted.
My paintings aim to offer the same: I choose scenes that, at any second, might change as the wind blows the clouds across the horizon, the shadows dance and the view alters – in other words, scenes to be watched!
Welcome to my original work, including my latest pieces. To find out where I am exhibiting these or to discuss measurements, framing and prices, please do not hesitate to contact me.
My originals are generally priced between £600 - £1000, mainly depending on size.
If you have a particular scene in mind, you might consider a personal commission: more information can be found under Commissions.
Some of these images are also available in limited edition Prints.
BLEAK AND BEAUTIFUL (BARDALE)
A LITTLE PIECE OF LITTONDALE
SLOW WALTZ ABOVE SWALEDALE
CLOUD SOLO (PRIMA DONNA)
PATH TO LITTONDALE
EARLY EVENING CHOREOGRAPHY (SOLD)
A PLACE TO PIROUETTE(SOLD)
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My print series are very limited – 20, 16 or sometimes just 12. They are available on quality fine art paper (framed behind glass to your taste); or on box canvas for a more contemporary look. They are mostly printed to order, so you can request a unique size and type of presentation. Some series are almost sold out so please check for availability.
Each print is hand-signed and comes complete with a personal message from me about the scene, my inspiration and the circumstances of the original painting.
Print prices mainly depend on size, with unframed prints typically priced between £190 - £250 and framed prints between £290 - £350.
If you have any queries at all, please feel free to contact me by phone on 01943 603368 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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FROM ILKLEY TO ADDINGHAM (TRIPTYCH)
BARNS AND BEAMSLEY
ABOVE KETTLEWELL (WITH SHEEP)
PATH TO LITTONDALE
ILKLA' MOOR (TRIPTYCH)
ONE CLOUD AND MOOR
BARNS OF SWALEDALE I
UP HIGH ON BARDEN FELL
YORKSHIRE STYLE I
YORKSHIRE STYLE II
A PLACE CALLED WHARFEDALE
DRAMA AND DESCENT: SWALEDALE
BEAMSLEY BEACON LOOKS ON
A RATHER SPECIAL DAY
EARLY EVENING CHOREOGRAPHY
ALMSCLIFFE CRAG CONTOURS
I often draw my inspiration from the lofty Yorkshire Moors and the stunning Yorkshire skies - usually on a ramble with family and friends. They have learnt to be patient when I suddenly see something that I need to capture, either with my sketch pad or the camera!
Soft pastels are my key medium; I savour their vibrancy and immediacy. I usually start with an under-painting of acrylic (on quality mount board) or watercolour (on heavy watercolour paper), which is then primed to improve the grip and grit of the surface.
I then build up soft pastel in layers – with some blending, some crisp edges, some textured areas, some areas heavy with pure pastel vibrancy. This gritty surface is not kind on my fingers, so the process has an oscillating rhythm and cannot be rushed! I am therefore not prolific... but this allows me more time to go walking... a superb balance of inspiration and creation.
Right now I am busy creating new works for Ilkley Art Trail 2017 – I look forward to welcoming you to my home studio during the Trail’s four days in October! I am excited this year to be working with several other artists on the theme of the humble PEBBLE. Where has it come from? How did it get here? Where is it going? How does the bedrock of the Yorkshire Dales affect my art?
I have hidden a pebble shape in all my latest work… nudging the viewer to ponder how the underlying rock layers influence the magnificent landscape we see, to be mindful of the journey we each take through our dales and moors, and the important need to look after them.
Meanwhile, a few of my newest pebble pieces are ready, and some are on display at The Flying Duck on Church Street in Ilkley – a lovely relaxing environment to look at art work!
Another local place to see my work is at the wonderful workshop/gallery in Ilkley, Weaverbird Workshop; They have a good stock of my 'very limited' print collection, and occasionally also have some of my originals on display.
I am happy to work with you!
Whether you require a single picture, or several; the capturing of a special view, or a colourful piece for a particular wall...
A PRIVATE COMMISSION gives you a very special picture, which is totally personal and unique.
Whatever your requirements, I would enjoy discussing the possibilities with you. You may be unsure of the starting point - I would be delighted to mull over your thoughts with you and help define the project.
A recent private commission gave me the chance to explore an area I was less familiar with: the moors around Grimwith Reservoir (see right). Here I was given free rein with colour and shape, but the client asked for certain shorelines to be visible, and for the piece to convey a certain mood.
'Lucia kept us informed of progress - starting from early photographs for us to agree the best view, to receiving regular updates on the painting's progress... the result is a superb reflection of what we requested, ultimately the whole experience, and the picture itself, surpassed our expectations'
Another commission was inspired when clients saw my 'Pen-y-ghent Speaks' picture. Together, we created 'Pen-y-ghent Awakens'(see left); matching composition, size and colour requirements so that it fit perfectly with their home:
'I was thrilled by the finished result, which was even more spectacular than I had envisaged in my mind's eye. Lucia's ability to realise her client's idea is immaculate - she retained my utter confidence throughout the creative process.'
All images are Copyright © Lucia Smith
Please note that all of the images on this site are low-resolution and are therefore not representative of the high-quality reproduction of the print editions.
Web site last updated: 31/03/2017