Lucy Manley

Lucy Manley, 2490 Base Line, RR 8, Peterborough, 705-295-4674 Lucy Manley’s favourite 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 watercolour. 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, colours … 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 Honourable 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 but most notably Studio 737 Art Gallery where her work can be viewed on their web site: In addition to her home studio, her Jeep YJ serves her purpose perfectly as a portable studio enabling her accessto the rugged Ontario terrain, transporting her and painting gear to the next painting site. She can quickly set up along side her jeep or under the hatch-back in inclement weather to paint. Sitting behind the wheel to sketch and paint is sometimes necessary due to rain and snow or just to be able to remain inconspicuous when trying to capture busy street scenes be it in Toronto or small town Warkworth. Since 1995 she has been teaching art for Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, for the Continuing Education Classes: doing a week-long summer workshop in July at Bridgewater Retreat in Actinolite; as well as teaching one day classes a week at the Warkworth site during the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions. She also teaches an evening Oil Painting class during the fall and spring for Visual Arts Centre in Bowmanville. In addition to these she leads various one-day and weekend workshops whenever she is invited by art groups in various parts of Ontario. A highlight in her career was being selected as Artist-in-Residence for 2 years, during the summers of 1995-6, at Bon Echo Provincial Park at Cloyne, Ontario. Here she met the public while painting the landscapes of the Park. Many of her compositions there included the famous Mazinaw Rock which is often referred to as “Canada’s Gibraltar”.