Name: Lucy Bremner
Occupation: Home Duties (studied Textile Design many years back 1996)
Joined NSA: 3/4 years ago (2010)
NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?
LUCY: I was about 6 years old and I was at a Convent School. The nuns got me to decoupage a glass bottle with stamps. I really enjoyed that… much better than the maths!!!
NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?
LUCY: Yes, I have always been creative and come from a very creative background. My parents are very creative in their home and their sense of style. Probably more on the bohemian side of things. Nothing in our home every matched. My sister is a Ceramicist.
NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?
LUCY: I wanted to be creative again after many years of not picking up a pen or paint brush. I was new to Australia and when looking around for possible art classes, I immediately remembered the blue flower pots on the balcony and took down the number.
NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?
LUCY: Any of Margaret Olley‘s work. I’ve only recently come to know of this artist but I love her richness of colours, subject matter and freeness (impressions). I’ve always liked the Fauves and been keen on Matisse and then Cézanne. Her work reminds me a lot of Cezanne and also another famous South African artist that I have followed – Irma Stern.
NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?
LUCY: I am about to start a new canvass – a still life of a flower. I’m looking forward to letting go and being absorbed by the process. I hope to free up even more and find more ‘me time’ to paint at home. I cherish the few hours that I have with Mike and the group. It really inspires me and I’ve discovered the joy of art again.
NSA: why do you take the class, or what do you get out of it?
LUCY: To do something for ‘me’. I live with a house full of boys and lots of demands. I’m a creative person and I need to do it for my sanity. I’ve come to know a lot of the people at the school and I really enjoy the laid-back, flexible and companionable atmosphere. It reminds me of being in Design College and it has just the right atmosphere – lots of easels, the smell of paint and linseed oil and a place that invites one to me messy and creative. It is what an artist studio should be. Not pristine and clinical.
NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?
Mike said “Last year one of my students said ‘God’s punishment for having sex is children!’ Well I feel he is punishing me too, as I have lost (I hope only temporarily) one of my most precious, lovable, accomplished students with a great sense of humour, to have a baby in December. She is married to a south african with parents in law from yorkshire, how’s that for a sense of humour?
Lucy, we all miss you.
Her painting in our most recent exhibition at Mosman Art Gallery showed her dedication, ability, but most of all her potential. A marvellous reflection of the hight standard all my students have reached. I look forward to her contribution with eager anticipation for our next exhibition.”