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MEET LUCY WILLIAMS | MAY 2022 ART EXHIBIT

Palette/Lucy Williams

PHOTO via Palette Home by Tasha Tolliver

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
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From Richmond, Va and live in Norfolk, Va
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What motivates you to create?
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When my walls start to feel empty from selling my paintings! I always paint something that looks great in my own home so I can enjoy it before it sells.
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When and how did you start creating art?
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Ever since I could hold a crayon!
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How do you define success as an artist?
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To me, paintings are very personal which is why I’m so flattered that people want to hang my art in their own homes.
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Does your newest collection have a special meaning or purpose?
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I recently lost my Mom to cancer. In between hospital visits, I painted as a tension release. I tried to channel my Mom's creative energy into my work, and my paintings seemed to blossom-literally! Now, it’s almost as though she’s painting with me in my garden on the canvas.
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How do you structure your day?
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I’m very schedule oriented and carefully budget my time to maximize productivity! I usually meet with clients in the morning, and spend time in my office time in the afternoon. I break up the day with a workout after lunch. Weekends are much more relaxed and that’s often when I paint.
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In what ways have you developed your art knowledge and skills?
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As a kid, my Mom was a volunteer tour guide at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I always loved going there, especially after the west wing was built which houses the contemporary art collection. As a college student, the art department at the University of Georgia was top notch! Our studio art classes were almost four hours long Monday-Friday. And as an art major, I was required to take multiple art history classes. After college, my internship / turned job at Sotheby’s in NYC was truly an art lover's dream experience! We saw everything…..fromThe Estate of Jackie O to Monet’s Haystacks. Everyday was a treat and you never knew who or what would come through the door!
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What are the biggest challenges of being an artist?
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I think it’s important to reinvent yourself so your look doesn’t get stale. I want to have a style that’s recognizable that doesn’t look like anyone else.
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Do you have any techniques for overcoming creative blocks?
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I normally surf through my art books or Instagram to get some inspiration before starting a new painting. Sometimes when I struggle to find direction, I get my crayons out and start drawing on the canvas to get a direction-yes I still use crayons-lol!
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What has been your greatest accomplishment?
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Raising two great sons with my husband, Lang.
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Name three random facts about yourself.
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-I’m the youngest of three girls.
- I briefly lived at the YMCA in Manhattan’s Upper West Side until I found an apartment-it was horrible but I was determined to work in NYC!
-If I weren’t an interior designer and artist, I’d want to be either an architect, or residential real estate agent.
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What's one thing you can't live without in your studio?
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Lots of natural sunlight.
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What's the biggest life lesson you've learned?
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-Anything good requires maintenance.
- The better you take care of yourself, the better you are for others.
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What five adjectives describe you best?
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High energy, driven, fast paced, efficient , street smart.
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What is something you admire in others?
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I really admire hard working people that follow their passions and maximize the potential in their craft.
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Thank you, Lucy. Your works are an inspiration and we can't wait for opening night!
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If you're reading this, you're invited! Opening reception for Lucy Williams and Gina Julian is on Thursday, May 5th 6:00pm - 8:00pm  
5813 Grove Avenue, Richmond Virginia 23226
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