Artist Statement and Bio
"One of my early memories was lying in my bed at night listening to thoughts in my head, realizing everybody in the world had thoughts and WANTING TO KNOW THEM. It’s why I loved to read. It was as close to getting into someone’s head as you could get.
I also loved drawing. I quit art as an major in college because I’d only drawn and I was in over my head. In fact, I dropped out of college completely for a year, returning a year later an English major, surviving being duped into selling magazine subscriptions in college dorms and working as a Winn-Dixie grocery sign painter.
After teaching English for 16 years, raising a child, becoming and unbecoming an illustrator, a paper salesman, a poet, and a potter of sorts, I came back to art. In 2008 I painted my first successful painting.
I am a figurative painter. I want to paint people’s thoughts, filtered through my head and through my brush. I want to present a situation, and pose to viewers a question they can solve by engaging their story-telling imaginations. I want to draw the viewer into the picture through design, value, and texture. Color, for me, is an afterthought, although I am getting less afraid of color these days.
I make my art by either responding to a photograph I’ve taken (as I have in my “Hooked” series) or I give over my subject to chance or chaos, covering my canvas with collage, random marks or stamping so that my subject matter reveals itself to me, rather like finding objects in cloud formations (as in my “Imaginary Women” series.)
My two approaches to painting seem to manifest from opposite sides of my brain, but what connects these two sides is my intuition, which chooses a particular photo or finds a subject matter in the chaos of a canvas of random marks and additives."
- Lucy Warlick
Education2000 Masters of Liberal Arts, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
1984 MA, English, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC
1978 Central Piedmont Community College, Advertising Design, Charlotte, NC
1968 BA, English, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
1965 University of Florida, Visual Arts, Gainesville, FL
Workshops2008 – present: Workshops around the country with various artists including Alex Powers, Skip Lawrence, Carla O’Connor and Gerald Brommer, among others
Exhibition Record2016 I Am Woman, Southern Arts Society, Kings Mountain, NC
2015 I Am Woman, Southern Arts Society, Kings Mountain, NC
2014 New Works, Southern Arts Society, Kings Mountain, NC
2013 I Am Woman, Southern Arts Society, Kings Mountain, NC
2013 Artfields 1st Annual Competition, Lake City, SC
2013 38th Annual Juried Show, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC
2013 24th Juried Competition, Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC
2012 A Fresh Look, Southern Arts Society, Kings Mountain, NC
People’s Choice Award 2012
2012 24th Juried Competition, Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC
2011 23th Juried Competition, Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC
2010 Carolina’s Got Art! Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2010 22nd Juried Competition, Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC
2009 21st Juried Competition Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC
2008 20th Juried Competition, Arts Council of York County, Rock Hill, SC