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Lucy Hunnicutt

At age 39 Lucy Hunnicutt quit her high-stress corporate job in Texas, ended a marriage and moved to a century-old, two-room cabin in a remote area of northern Florida. For nine years she rented that cabin, part of a land grant to African Americans after the Civil War. It was surrounded on three sides by pine woods and fronted by a sand road that led in both directions to country churches. On Sunday mornings she sat on her porch and listened to two choirs. She became part of the community.
"At times I felt a loneliness so deep and terrible it threatened to drown me. Other times I was touched by an indescribable sense of something I can only say is the opposite of that, a feeling of profound connection, so sure and total, I believe this was God coming through to me."
Lucy learned during those nine years to do many things she never before suspected she would have to do. She learned to build a fence around a garden. She learned to row a canoe and walk the oyster beds for hours with a friend, an oyster knife and a bottle of whisky to keep from freezing as the two of them collected and ate fresh oysters. She learned to climb a tree when wild hogs chased her. She learned the value of good neighbors when trouble came.
And she learned to build a fire.
"It was a real cold winter. One night I was feeding scraps of cypress into the woodstove and I thought 'I could paint on this wood." She used leftover house paint and fed each painting into the stove when she completed it. A friend chanced to see one of her paintings before it went into the fire and asked if he could hang it in his barn. On the wall of that barn, a Florida gift-shop owner saw her paintings and Lucy's career was launched.
"The first thing I ever paintedwas a dream I had in my mind from the night before. In it were angels against the dark blue sky with the words 'The wings of white birds became angels and flew to the far heavens where they rested." Lucy considers her "word-paintings" stories. They play through her head in vibrant color, joyous figurative depictions and poignant, piercing phrases. She puts them on wood with concentrated attention to detail. "I start the letters and each letter becomes a little abstract painting" she says.
Her lyrics and blessings are visual benedictions composed of syntax, grammar and those little letters. They are prayers deployed on behalf of all beings, sent with love. Lucy, who is widely collected from coast to coast, is represented in numerous galleries across the South.

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                      HL213 "Pray the Storm Away" - acrylic on wood 9"x15" - $395

                      HL199 "Wash Day" - acrylic on wood 5.5"x5.5" - $150


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