Once upon a time—Arizona artist Lucy Dickens approaches her work much like a colorful story. Check out her art during the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour next month.
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Unexpected storytelling magic

Staff Report~ 10/2/2013

‘There is magic in our world, in every sunrise, fluttering leaf, the tiniest and most brilliant meadow flowers. I paint what takes my breath away.”
Arizona artist Lucy Dickens’ passion is to bring nature’s grandeur forth in her story-like approach to landscape painting. To gaze into one of Lucy’s landscapes is like traveling to another time when all is serene and peaceful.
Lucy is the daughter of a professional photographer father and an accomplished watercolorist mother. She was encouraged, as a child, to be a keen observer of the natural world, to create her own art, her own way. The family explored pristine wilderness areas both nationally and internationally, backpacking, hiking and camping their way through inspiration to creation.
Lucy’s family foundation has enabled her to launch her own successful fine arts career. Her technique of selecting an image, transforming it into a narrative pictorial on canvas, while conveying scenes of beautiful tranquility, has become her signature style.
“There is a story in these individual windows of time, a place where the viewer may find peace, serenity and a feeling of grace. I am a Fine Art Storyteller,” she said.
Lucy’s most recent series is entitled Experiencing Arizona. Her goal with this series is to share the scenery of the state.  Her viewer will enjoy her meticulously rendered scenes of the High Sonoran Desert, sparkling canyon lakes, magical pine forests, contrasting aspen groves, brilliantly colored mountain meadows and the grandeur of the most expansive canyons. Arizona has an endlessly story to share, and Lucy Dickens is the painter that has the gift to bring it to where we live.
Her artistic inspiration does not end with Arizona. Lucy and her husband travel frequently through various parts of the world. With her camera and journal as constant companions, she records the wine fields of Tuscany, the historic sites of Turkey and Israel and the stunning Greek Isles, all developed into a series of images that tell the story of each place. Lucy looks forward to the completion of her next series of paintings using the fall colors of the New England countryside.
As a storyteller, she has a unique approach to exhibitions and, with each painting, shares the inspiration behind the scene.
“There is a story evolving around us,” she said. “My hope is to inspire others through my images and words.”
Lovers of fine art, travel and inspiring stories will find Lucy Dickens with her newest collection at Quail Run Studio No. 30 during the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour Nov. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and Dec. 1.  For more information, to contact Lucy on her collections, for open studio receptions or to view her work, visit LucyDickensFineArt.com or call her at 602-653-7002. Lucy donates a portion of her art sales to Streetlight USA and volunteers 1 day a week to help young women create their own story in finding their inner beauty.