Lucy Davis Creatives - Who are we? Who am I? Yes, that's right - it's just me here creating art for you! I have been creating art for my entire life, so my mom says.
Let's go WAY back, shall we! I was born in a tiny town in England - so if you see Mini Cooper car or English phone booth in my art - there is a reason for it. When I was a wee tyke, my family moved to New Jersey in the good ole U.S.A. My entire childhood of Barbies and bike riding took place there - and ART, so much art. We had two boys that my mother babysat every day after school - they became my little art students. Pets- enter stage right - they appear in every moment of my life from here on: Cats. Horses. Chinchillas, Bunnies. Guinea pigs. Dogs. It was full speed ahead from there to middle school, where my focus changed from making my own cartoons to ceramics. I had a fabulous teacher who basically lead me and gave me the freedom to roam through her classroom. I predominantly hand built with clay, some of which were animal figurines which teacher's bought from me. Is this bragging? I say, the beginning of my success. My 10th grade year brought a great deal of change, with a move to Massachusetts and a high school without clay - oh the horror. My darling teacher there, set up daily still life scenes with skulls, vases and the American flag. So I drew. I drew anything and everything. I shaded and contoured. I met friends with the same insane passion for art that I had. We began to plan for careers. College bound. I had options, so many art schools.
I chose the University of Hartford in CT. In 1989, I packed up my little, silver Peugot and hit the highway. Big Plans, Big Goals. One plump chinchilla. I met talented classmates on our first day and we clung to each other for our 4 years. Journals. Late night assignments. Critiques. Cheese fries. ( I can't really tell you more here but let's have coffee!) We learned printmaking, computers - if you can call them that- how to paint and figure drawing (I can tell you about Bill later!) . Graduation 1993 .. well that went too quickly...
From there - I pursued being "found" by the Children's book publishing world. Still a task I pursue, a dream, a goal... jumping way forward to 2006 - Print ON demand! I was able to write, illustrate, print & self-publish my own books. SUCCESS. Something else out of my head, until the next book appears. Breathe..
Let's go back to 1998.. marriage, yadda, yadda, & one darling baby boy was born, he was there when I started ChocolArts ( my creative truffle making business, yes, I still have the recipes)...One husky & one Samoyed, in case you were wondering. Gazebo Arts: art & craft supply shop in Massachusetts was created in our tiny town. A fun adventure to have when my sweet baby girl was making her appearance. It may have lasted. I'm not really sure on that one... but we were due for the big change: moving to Montana. (again.. coffee, you, me- let's talk)
So in 2005... 2 cars, 4 adults, 2 kids, a cocker spaniel, a husky and some kitties - we were off..... we're still here. It's been 15 years.. I'm staying! Since the move - I have raised these 2 brilliant kids, worked with fabulous teachers and special needs kids, & for 7 years I owned my shop: Canvas Paint N Party for adults to come & paint n sip with friends! I even tested the waters with PaintNPartyGO subscription art boxes - a fabulous idea I thought while this is incredibly popular with online shopping! At the shop, I also had the "zoo" where kids could meet 2 sugar glider, a chinchilla, 2 guinea pigs & 2 pygmy hedgehogs.
Jumping ahead to just 6 month ago.. the suspense is killing you I can tell... YOU have arrived! I closed my shop in December 2019 - to pursue my illustrations you are seeing here. Animals. Hand drawn and colored in Faber Castell pencil. My beloved colored pencil. Montana wildlife. Critters in cars. Animals on tractors. Goats on vintage campers. Pet Portraits. I made one, then two, then the ETSY orders began rolling in for these unique portraits of friend's dogs. Birthday presents, a gift for mom and especially, sad as it is, memorial images of beloved pets. What an honor to depict these doggies with their favorite shoe, or the client's favorite mountain view. So I sit, filling in the "short" version of my under 50 years, letting you know - it's just me, here with my pencil at my slant board, listening to an audible book and creating an image of your beloved best friend for you to treasure & pass on to the future generations with stories & laughter. I am accompanied by a black Lab, a husky, 4 cats, all the critters above, 2 chickens and my darling, angelic beloved chow chow pup.
Let's connect so I can save a memory for you. ~Lucy Davis, Freelance Illustrator, mom, British mini driver & pet lover.