Profile of an Artist — Lucy McGivney

Fiona Reynolds, Art Facilitator, Cill Cuan


Lucy attends day service three days a week at the Cill Cuan Resource Centre in Mullingar Co. Westmeath. She takes part in a group art session every Friday morning. While in the art-room Lucy expresses her creative side using a wide range of media.

Lucy works at her own pace and is guided by her art tutor. Many of her art pieces, including prints and paintings, are created over a period of time. The art work is unique in style. She likes using a variety of media including acrylic paints, oil pastels, water colours, wax crayons and chalk pastels.

Lucy likes to experiment using various objects to create lines/patterns in her work. She enjoys using sponge patterned rollers which create a block or striped effect. Cardboard dipped in acrylic paint which gives a free flowing organic feel to her paintings, thus bringing out unique character in her work. Most of Lucy’s art work relates to her personality which is one of happiness (using bright colours) and movement/energy (when painting abstract lines/shapes/patterns).

Lucy has exhibited work in the local Art Centre. This year she received 3rd prize in the Credit Union ‘Design a Calendar’ competion. There is no doubt that Lucy is a talented artist and she has been rewarded by winning the National Disability Database ‘Design the Front Cover’ competition for 2009.

Lucy’s other interests include swimming, relaxation therapies and, of course, she loves a cup of tea or two! Everyone in the Cill Cuan Centre is very proud and delighted with Lucy’s achievements.