Art is an invitation. It’s an appeal to experience—whether that’s engaging in a movement, appreciating emotion, or entering a visual story—and good art invites us in. Lucy Reiser’s abstract impressionist paintings are no exception, and the experience evoked is a peaceful one. Soft blues and greens pull the viewer into a mirage of water and sky, her wide strokes soliciting a quiet strength represented throughout all of her work.
Stream Lines // Enter the welcoming waters of Lucy Reiser’s abstract paintings
Based in Brevard, North Carolina, Lucy is originally from Marietta, Georgia, and her passion for paint is an inherited one. Both her grandmothers are artists with talents ranging from oil portraits to watercolor landscapes, and Lucy’s childhood was saturated in creativity.
“When we grew up, it was a very normal part of life to have a studio in your house and have works in progress,” Lucy explains. “A table was ready with paints on it whenever you wanted to paint.”
Backed by an artistic lineage, Lucy pursued an art-focused education. She earned a bachelor’s in studio arts from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia, and, coupled with a study abroad program in Cortona, Italy (where she dived into the classical masterworks of Botticelli and Michelangelo), Lucy launched into an arts career upon graduation in 2014.
Broad Strokes // For more of Lucy Reiser’s work, go to lucyreiser.com. She is represented by Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, and Bee Street Studio in Dallas, Texas.
Living in Atlanta, she found representation at a local gallery, Anne Irwin Fine Art, which spiraled into commissions as well as requests from interior designers. Fast forward a few years, and Lucy Reiser is now an art-based business with works in multiple galleries (including Bee Street Studio in Dallas). Her focus divides between the abstract and representational; she enjoys the conversation between the “recognizable and the imaginative” and “how they play together.” She works primarily with water-based acrylics—preferring the faster dry-time—and her process almost always begins with blues and greens, adding on accents of vermillion for pops of color.
Lucy pulls technique and insight from her art icons, which range from her grandmothers to Alex Katz to Josef Albers. But inspiration bleeds deeper; it’s much more than a visual stimulus. It could be as simple as a snippet of conversation, a string of music, or perhaps a moving line from a Wendell Berry poem.
“I think there’s a lot of common denominators that run through visual and experiential things,” Lucy says. “Like a sense of wonder or encouragement, even frustration. A lot times I’m just trying to translate that take away or that feeling into something visual.”
More often than not, those feelings are difficult to express in words but somehow captured by Lucy’s deft hand. Take her River series, for example, which grew out of fly-fishing experiences with her husband, Dakota. Painted from the perspective of gazing downstream in the midst of the water, the pieces evoke solitude, quiet, a stirring of something down deep that is not quite tangible. For Lucy, it’s all part of the invitation.
“In the stories in the Gospels, there’s all these accounts of stepping aside and leaving your daily routine to be somewhere quiet and beautiful,” Lucy says. “Those types of stories have been really influential in my life. I try to reflect and echo those invitations to step away. . . to rest and be at peace and to grow. I try to echo that invitation in a way that is visible.”