Lucy Willis trained at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford from 1972-75 and since then has traveled widely, taking inspiration from many places to fuel her painting. She has tutored many painting groups in various countries around the world including Yemen, India, Zanzibar, Morocco, Egypt, China, Tunisia, Syria and, in 2011, Malta. She has exhibited widely, with over 25 solo exhibitions in London since 1979.
Willis won the BP Portrait Award in 1992 for her paintings of Shepton Mallet Prison inmates and was elected as a member of the Royal West of England Academy the following year. She has work in many private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery. She has also written several books on the subject of watercolour painting, including 'Travels With Watercolour', illustrated with 150 watercolours and sketches, and her latest book 'Sunlight & Shadows', published in 2015. Both books are available in the gallery or from our online bookstore.
Willis' most recent solo exhibition, Moments in Time, was be held across both floors of the gallery in June 2016.