Born in Swansea and raised in Pembrokeshire, Lucy’s work has a strong sense of place, rooted in the wild landscapes of west Wales. There is a heavy influence from folklore, mythology, stories about the earth around us and the grounding importance of where we come from. Creating naïve, traditional ink and gouache illustrations, Lucy has an interest in taking classic and ancient narratives, and re-configuring them for the modern world, in a meaningful way. Her interest in Welsh and Celtic folklore was ignited by a curiosity in Welsh identity, and how these stories might contribute and re-enforce a connection, encouraging a feeling of belonging. 

 

Since graduating with a degree in Illustration from Southampton Solent, Lucy's illustrations have been published in the book Hiraeth: Stories from Welsh Patagonia by Steph Davies, a factual book about the Welsh colony in South America. In that same year she was approached to illustrate interpretive panels for Cardigan Castle as it underwent a dramatic restoration.

 

She has exhibited and sold original illustrations in galleries in Wales – namely Imaginary Worlds at Oriel Davies, Newtown, a group Illustration exhibition at Umbrella Cardiff, and Hanes: Tales, Stories, Legends & Myths at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

 

Lucy is currently studying for her Masters in Illustration at Falmouth University online. Her practice is evolving with a deeper interest in the folklore of other nations and cultures, the migration of these stories and the evolution of their characters and symbolism over time.

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Email: lucycharlotteburns@gmail.com

Phone: 07979 186286

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