Look at a Lucy Pittaway painting, and you can’t help but smile. There’s a real-life story in each work of art, which is more often than not inspired by the sights and sounds of her life in the Yorkshire Dales and those closest to her.
Now a multi award-winning artist, proudly running a family-owned business with a website serving international customers, four beautiful art galleries and a great team, read on to find out how the world of Lucy Pittaway came to fruition.
Graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in Graphic Design, Lucy forged a career as a designer before moving into teaching and lecturing at Darlington Technical College of Art and Design. Intrigued by the world outside the North East, Lucy quit her job at the age of 30, to travel to the Far East, where she ended up in South America and began teaching in Peru.
They say the greatest things happen when we are not expecting them… and on a fleeting visit back to the UK, Lucy was reunited with her childhood sweetheart Neil, who persuaded her not to return to Peru, and instead stay in Yorkshire. They went on to get married and start a family, which is the subject of much of Lucy’s work today.
Once their twins started school, she felt it was the perfect time to pursue her lifelong dream and give life as a professional artist a try. So, she began working from her small home studio, creating one off commissions and prints for exhibitions. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find Lucy’s work in homes and galleries across the UK and international destinations.
Delve into the word of Lucy Pittaway and you’ll find four magnificent galleries, brimming with art and gifts. The first gallery was opened in Brompton-on-Swale to provide a space to meet with clients, but it quickly became a roaring success and was soon filled with original artwork, prints, canvases and homeware. The Richmond, Yarm and Keswick galleries followed years later, providing a cosy space for visitors to come and view Lucy’s originals and seek advice on homeware or find special gifts.
Lucy’s work is loved by locals but has also gained national recognition as she has won a plethora of prestigious awards from the Fine Art Trade Guild, including ‘Best Up and Coming Artist’, ‘Best Art Website of the Year’ and the ‘UK’s Most Popular Published Artist’ for two years running.
Lucy was honoured to be the official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire for three consecutive years. In which she released a series of limited edition prints to mark the event, including a cycling picture for each day of the 2018 race featuring iconic landmarks along the routes of the race. She also released a cycling collection to celebrate the 2019 UCI Road World Championships coming to her home town, with 5 pieces perfectly capturing the grit, determination and stamina of competing riders.
Lucy was delighted to commission a gift for HRH Princess Anne. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ represents the true beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. A family of four sheep sit nestled amongst the bluebells and buttercups by the River Ure in the heart of Wensleydale. Admiring the stunning scenery and Penhill in the background the sheep are graced with the presence of blue and white butterflies, typical inhabitants of the Dales area!
As an artist, Lucy sometimes uses her creative practice to raise awareness or tell meaningful stories of things that are important to her. She has released artwork to help raise money for a variety of charities including the Motoneuron Disease Association, Starlight, Scope and more recently NHS Charities Together.
The ever-growing team at Lucy Pittaway includes a range of different people, each crucial in keeping the cogs of the business turning. You may be familiar with the wonderful gallery team, and behind the scenes we have busy bees working in finance, design and printing, marketing, packaging, framing and of course, Lucy’s husband Neil!
When there is a challenge ahead, we like to use the saying ‘Team Pittaway’. Without teamwork, many of Lucy’s goals would never be achieved or would take a decade to reach. We have a fantastic team that works super hard to succeed. It takes all kinds of people to make a business successful, with the right mix of skills, positive attitudes and a hunger for growth, the world is our oyster!