L u c y M c C a n n
Having grown up on a fine wool and cattle property, I am inspired by the bush. During the time I spent helping my father on the property, his love for birdlife influenced my artwork. Rather than learning to run the homestead, I was lured by the outdoors, seeing it in many different lights and moods. My beloved blue wrens are often portrayed in my still life paintings. My classroom is still the great outdoors.
Born in Armidale, NSW, Lucy McCann studied fashion and dress design at the National Art School, which gave her a grounding in draftsmanship and design. She won a scholarship to model with June Dally-Watkins and continued to model with the agency while designing clothing and accessories for the fashion design label, Cue. During this time, she was asked to design Australian themed images for sloppy joes and sandshoes and so undertook the study of screen printing, again at The National Art School.
McCann has been a teacher of art for nineteen years in Australia, New Zealand and Italy. She and her husband, Barry McCann operate McCann Fine Art Gallery and teach in two studio spaces on their property in Armidale, New South Wales.
McCann’s art awards include the 2010 Mortimore Prize for Landscape and both the Packers’ Prize and People’s Choice Award in the 2010 Norvill Art Prize.
She was a finalist in the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial (2013, 2014); the 2012 Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition; the Mortimore Art Prize (2012); the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award (2004) and the Portia Geach Portrait Prize in 2003 and 2004. In 2009, she was awarded an artist-in-residency at the New England Regional Art Museum, where she had several joint exhibitions with Barry McCann.
Australian Artist and Artist’s Palette magazines have featured her work in their pages.
Lucy McCann has been a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2010.