Lucy Buttenshaw is a painter from West Wyalong in central NSW. She was raised on a lakeside property 50km from town and has lived in the district most of her life aside from some years studying and teaching in Sydney. (B.A., Fine Arts & English, Dip. Ed., Art).
Her imagery comes from things around her that she connects with, so not surprisingly, rural elements feature quite strongly in a number of her works. She also draws from ideas collected through travelling, music, theatre and reading.
Lucy combines this recognisable imagery in often inventive ways to suggest a story. There may be people meeting others in unusual places perhaps involving other creatures such as birds. There may be circumstances where decisions must be made, or a situation where what follows is uncertain. These little stories are intended to represent scenarios and emotions that we face in our everyday lives, and the way in which they do this is subject to the individual viewer's ideas and experiences.
She travels widely and her work is represented in many private and public collections. In addition to her studio practice, Lucy completed her ATCL and teaches piano from home, she is often involved in community art projects, gives painting workshops and is a National Art School, Sydney, tutor for the ART-LAB and HSC Extension Courses.