Lucy's portrait work has a fluid, painterly quality which does not try to disguise itself as photography. Her approach is driven by the character of her subject.
Whether it is a rapid charcoal drawing of child or a large-scale, oil portrait, Lucy usually paints her sitters in their own homes. She works directly from life – not from photographs – which she believes is essential in capturing a powerful psychological and physical sense of the subject. She is able to get a startling likeness very quickly. Sittings with Lucy take two to three hours, and depending on the size, an oil portrait takes two to ten sittings to complete. Prices start at £500.
In 2003 Lucy exhibited her portrait of Jimmy Carr at Christie’s as part of the Garrick Milne Prize. In April 2005 she exhibited a self-portrait in the Royal Society of Portrait Painter's annual exhibition.