Lucy Dickens (great, great granddaughter of Charles Dickens) began her career as a full-time artist in 1990. Having previously worked as a successful fashion stylist for Conde Nast, Lucy became a freelance illustrator, working for publications including the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Vogue, Brides, Harpers and Queen and Tatler. She began to paint while writing and illustrating a series of children's books, which were successfully published in London and New York . Lucy is fascinated by figures, alone or in groups, how the light falls on them and the spaces around them. The people she paints are not doing anything extraordinary, they are simply 'being' or interacting - lost in their own thoughts, going about their business or gossiping with friends. In using strong light and shade on and surrounding these figures she tries to achieve a dramatic mood and atmosphere. Her technique as a painter involves layering and weaving many colours to bring life into the figures and spaces. She works mainly in charcoal and oil, using rough canvases, which helps to create the diffused, airy quality of her work.