Lucy Erskine

Born in London, 1962 Lucy spent her teenage years in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She studied with Nera Simi in Florence and at the Byam Shaw and Chelsea Schools of Art. She has had exhibitions at several London Galleries, also at the Nico Malan Opera House in Cape Town and at the University of Stellenbosch. She has exhibited paintings in the 1992, 1993 and 1995 Royal academy Summer Shows. In 1994 she married airline pilot Patrick Caruth, they have two children and have recently moved to Somerset.

She paints both landscapes and portraits.

Lucy’s Work is a product of two cultures, The Cape and England. She was born in London but from 1962 to 1970 she spent her Childhood both with her Grandmother in Somerset West and with her parents who were soldiering in the United Kingdom. After 1971 Lucy attended Lorretto Convent at the Strand as well as Springfeild Convent and St. Cyprians school in Cape Town.

In 1987 she was one of ten art students chosen from the British Isles by The Mail on Sunday to take part in ‘The Young Masters’ at the Solomon galleries in Dover Street. This recognition was the beginning of a successful career; she has had regular exhibitions in London and her painting is in much demand. Her work is based on three principles, accurate and skillful draughtsmanship, a deep understanding of the use of colour and compelling composition.

Compelling composition

Her inspiration comes from Africa, its light, its landscapes and it’s people. Lucy concentrates on traditional subjects of the still life and landscapes, working mainly outside. The varying light of the seasons give her the opportunity to explore it to the limit.

Photography helps her capture everyday scenes of children playing, animals in the wild and street scenes. She sometimes continues with a theme in a different medium as seen with her “Climate change and Glacier series.” The original work was from an etching after a painting trip to New Zealand. Most of all she finds enjoyment in playing games with the abstractness of shapes and textures to create a vision that is both sensitive and intense.