Lucy Manley’s favorite subject is the traditional landscape, quite often with teams of horses, sugar shacks and old buildings found in and around her area , as well as the wilderness scenes of the north country. She travels extensively around Ontario, and sometimes Quebec, to find special locations to paint. Her work is rendered in a loose painterly quality in oils and sometimes in watercolor.
Painting ‘on location’ is where most of her work is created. She enjoys nature and tries to get outdoors painting in all the seasons. This ‘on location’ urge has taken her across Canada to the Rockies, to southern France, Italy, Mexico and the USA. Later in the studio, Lucy makes compositional adjustments that are required … adding or deleting shapes, values, colors … sometimes putting in figures that would complete the overall feeling and statement of her work. However, there are times when a field sketch captures all the qualities necessary, leaving very little if anything to do in the studio in order to preserve the freshness and spontaneity of the moment. Sometimes there is time only for a pencil sketch and perhaps a photo. These provide inspirational ideas for future paintings in the studio as well as material for class demonstrations.
Born in Germany 1947 to Polish-Ukrainian parents, Lucy emigrated with her family to Ontario. There they eventually settled in the Peterborough countryside where she now resides with her husband. Early interest in art led her to study in Peterborough with John Norton at Kenner Collegiate and later with David Bierk, Eric Loder and Edwin Matthews at Sir Sandford Fleming College. There she also completed first year of Fine Arts. This led to further studies at trent University. Since then she has attended many workshops around Ontario headed by various established artists such as Poul Thrane, Guttorn Otto, Ron Leonard, as well as the artists at the Buckhorn School of Fine Arts.
Lucy has been painting full time since 1989, when she and her husband sold their welding business. As an active member of the East Central Ontario Art Association since 1979, she has the position of Newsletter Editor producing a quarterly newsletter to over 400 members. Her work has been accepted in the Associations’ annual juried shows where she has won several awards including “Best in Show’, Juror’s Choice and Honorable Mentions. She is also a member of the Art Gallery of Peterborough where her work is represented in the Art Rental Service, Art Auction and Annual Studio Tour. Her work has also been accepted at the annual juried shows of the Visual Arts Centre in Bowmanville, Ontario, where she has received the Award of Excellence and Award of Merit. Her work is represented by various galleries in Ontario.