Amanita muscariaBy Atascadero Creek Gouache © 2015 Lucy Martin
Hypobymnia sp., Cladonia sp., Hypotrachyna sinuosa, Hypotrachyna afroevoluta, Lobaria pulmonaria, Peltigera collina, Lobaria anthraspisLichens of the Pygmy Forest Gouache & Watercolor© 2016 Lucy Martin
Russula silvacolaRussula with Lichen Rock Gouache © 2015 Lucy Martin
Stereum hirstutumA Fallen Tree Dreams of Life Gouache © 2017 Lucy Martin
Ramaria sp.Spirit of the Forest Gouache© 2016 Lucy Martin
Clitocybe sp.Overnight, Very Quietly Gouache© 2017 Lucy Martin
Trametes versicolorTurkey Tails in Armstrong Woods Gouache© 2016 Lucy Martin
Lucy Martin creates paintings to express her lifelong connection with nature. Her art reﬂects her love of the mingled strangeness and beauty found in the forests she loves to explore. Her hope is to awaken in the viewer a feeling that there are myriad tiny worlds to be discovered right at our feet, if we only stop and look.
Lucy Martin’s interest in botanical art has evolved to concentrate on the amazing diversity of fungi. She paints mushrooms as very much part of their environment, rather than as isolated specimens, in the more familiar tradition of Botanical Art. The decaying leaves, moss and twigs, the burned log or lichen-covered tree stump, are important elements in her paintings, hinting at the interdependence of fungi with all plant life.
A new painting begins with a walk in the forest. Lucy collects her subjects, for example mushrooms, along with surrounding materials, and brings these back to the studio to paint. Her preference is to work directly from life as much as possible. She uses photographs taken at the site where the subjects were collected for reference to create a background, or for an object such as a mossy tree stump, that are too large to bring home. She paints in gouache, with the addition of watercolor and occasionally a little colored pencil.
Her show, “Secrets of the Forest: Portraits of Wild Mushrooms” was presented at the Helen Crocker Russell Library in Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco in 2012. Her work has been purchased for the Permanent Collection of the Special Collections and Archives Department at McHenry Library of UC Santa Cruz. She is a member and regular exhibitor at the Sebastopol Gallery in Sebastopol, California. Her work is also shown at the Calabi Gallery in Santa Rosa, CA.
Lucy lives and works in Santa Rosa, California. She finds most of her subjects in Northern California, but also paints scenes in the Sierra Nevada, Washington State, the Rocky Mountains, Connecticut and Pennsylvania--wherever she finds wonderful new fungi and lichen!
1908 Little John Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95405