Hi.  I am Lucy O'Donovan and I'm originally from Liverpool but I now live in Glasgow with my husband Paul and our Hungarian hounds.

Academically I have always been very much science oriented.   I qualified as a Veterinarian in the late nineties, and went on to take a PhD in Molecular Biology, before crossing over to work in the neouroscience field, where I was fortunate enough to study one of my other great passions - the brain.

In 2008 my life changed.  I had an accidental fall on some steps and suffered a serious brain injury.

It has been a long road back, but I am back.  And I am finally painting once again.

How the injury has affected my work remains to be seen.  Either way I will keep on painting...

I know that I have always enjoyed art.  I have been drawing from an early age, and I spent quite a lot of time working in watercolour.

It wasn't until much later that I developed a passion for the rich colour and texture of oil paint.  For me it is the most expressive medium.

My painting today is driven by my fascination with the human body and the feelings that this subject invokes.  I also tend to paint the people in my life, as an emotional attachment influences the way I work.

For me it is really important to portray  the body in as honest a way as I can, irrespective of whether it would be considered classically beautiful or not.

The shape, colour and quality of flesh is something of an obsession.  I think this is why my canvasses have a tendency to vary so much - I'm always experimenting with how to render flesh in a way that works for me.
 
 
The work of Jenny Saville has had a huge inspirational effect on my work. 

Over the years I have attempted to view her work in the flesh and often failed. Back in 2011 I found she was showing canvases at the Gagosian Gallery in London.  I spent the weekend in the city, specifically to attend the show but when I arrived they were taking her work out of the gallery and putting it in a van heading for Europe!

However in June 2012, Saville hosted her first retrospective in the UK.  When I walked into the gallery in Oxford I was completely staggered by the huge size and inspirational effect of her human forms.  The works were enormous and up close the brushwork was fascinating.


Richey Edwards the chief lyricist of Manic Street Preachers, read an art supplement in a newspaper, and being struck by what he read phoned Jenny Saville. During the chat, Jenny allowed the use of several of her paintings for artwork on their records. One of her works is on the cover of the highly acclaimed album The Holy Bible released in 1994. This portrait was made by Saville when on a scholarship, studying obesity in a plastic surgery clinic in Connecticut, US.


In 1994 Richey Edwards went missing six months after The Holy Bible was released. He was a troubled man affected by depression, anorexia and self-harm. He has never been found and assuming he had committed suicide, was documented “presumed dead” in 2008.


In 2009 the remaining band was interviewed in front of another of Saville’s works - Stare, 2004-2005, 3m x 2.5m. They feel that this battered, bruised girl looks very like Richey when he was young. I personally saw this painting in Oxford in 2012. It is a huge, visceral, emotional work which Saville produced several variations of.

Richey makes me think of an interest I've always had. I believe there's a connection between mental illness and raw talent in a particular field. This association was one of the driving force behind my brain research. There are so many people who fall into this category: Isaac Newton, Amy Winehouse, Virginia Woolf, Kurt Cobain...

 

 


I met 
Marti Jones Dixon several years ago online and we have traded our artistic pains and pleasures over the ether ever since. We later met in New York, where I also had the pleasure of meeting her husband Don Dixon.

I recently acquired an inspirational pieces of her work "Float".

http://www.martijonesdixon.com/
In Melbourne, I began the Melbourne Painters Meetup Group, and there I met the prolific artist Steph Hall

As well as being a good friend, Steph ia an artistic inspiration and continues to create some incredibly diverse work.

    http://www.sashart.com.au/