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 works directly from life 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.
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.