Lucia Paps - Artist Spotlight
October 04, 2021

We recently caught up with Lucia Paps on her art and her developing business...

We recently caught up with Lucia Paps on her art and her developing business...

Hey! I’m Lucia Paps Art (@luciapapsart), an Artist from London.
I have loved to paint since a very young age and it has always been my number one passion. Art was always my favourite subject in school and I chose to study it at GCSE and then A-Level, before graduating at Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Honours studying BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion. I love to apply what I have learnt from my studies to my art business; from branding and visual language to composition and colour.

"It brings me so much joy that my art can connect with people deeply, that moment is something that will forever stay in my heart."

Despite painting always being something I just love to do, it was whilst I was studying for my A-Levels I sold my first painting and I realised that people would like my art in their homes. I had painted a large painting of Hampstead Heath for my final exam. A teacher kindly asked if she could buy it from me and it was the most rewarding and amazing experience. She had mentioned it reminded her of her childhood. It brings me so much joy that my art can connect with people deeply, that moment is something that will forever stay in my heart.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given with regards to your career?

I don’t think I can pinpoint a moment of the best advice, but I will say my Art teachers during school have had a positive impact. They told me to never stop painting and that I had a huge talent for it. I was young and painting had always been something I just loved to do. I wasn’t aware of how many people appreciated or loved my work or the impact it could have on others. It’s great having those people around you to remind you of these things.

'Dreams Come True' - Lucia Paps Art

What inspires your artwork?

Nature is the main source of my inspiration. I love to explore new places and whenever I’m adventuring, I’m constantly snapping photos to use for inspiration. You never know what you could stumble across next which could be the source of inspiration for your next work. That’s why I love to travel, discover new cultures and meet new people. I think this all plays a huge part in finding inspiration for your work. 

I also have a huge love for colour and I love the sky. Colour is powerful and it can impact the way you feel. I’m naturally drawn to using a colourful palette and I hope that my work radiates light and joy to people.

Once I've sourced my inspiration, I love to then experiment and brainstorm ideas for compositions, brush marks and colour palettes in a sketchbook - this is when the magic happens.

'Blue Wonder' - Lucia Paps Art

How did you turn your passion into a business?

During the pandemic, I had a lot more time to focus on myself and painting. Setting up my online shop was something I had wanted to do for a while and during this time I had no excuse. I started painting and launched my store, releasing a collection of 20 Original Blossom Tree paintings in the process.

The meaning behind the Blossom Trees Series was to hopefully bring some light to everyone during the Spring months which were particularly quite difficult for everyone. Utilising social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok also really helped and played a huge role in building my Lucia Paps Art business. It helps your work become discovered by different people across the world.

Do you have any favourite brands/products?

I love using acrylic paint and my favourites are Winsor and Newton, especially the pale violet. I love using Liquitex acrylics too, my favourites being the Rose Pink and the beautiful Iridescent. Daler-Rowney’s brushes are great too. I have also loved discovering the Posca paint pens which I use to sign any artwork and when writing my notes!

'Picnic Bloom' - Lucia Paps Art

Original hand-painted bookmarks - Lucia Paps Art

What would your advice be to someone who is looking to progress their art career but doesn’t know where to start?

The first step is understanding what it is you like to create most, not what you think will sell, but what you enjoy creating. Then, it's figuring out your ‘why’ and taking time to figure out what you want your Art business to reflect. Almost think of it as a brand - what do you want people to think and feel? What value do you want to give? Note this all down.

It's so important to show up and share who you are and your work with the world of social media. Be yourself. People love to see who you truly are and the ideology behind your artwork. Show that through platforms like Instagram and TikTok - get yourself out there and don’t be afraid of what people think. An important thing to remember is if you want your art business to stand out, you must continue to create the work YOU love whilst exploring and finding your own inspiration wherever you go, and then everything else follows.

You have over 8,000 IG followers and 15,000+ on TikTok, how is community important to you and the work that you do?

It's been so amazing having a community of people who are on this journey with me. A lot of my followers have joined my journey within the past year, which is the year I started Lucia Paps Art. Some of them have been there from the start, who have seen me set up my online shop, from releasing my first collection and now seeing me release my 8th, it’s so special!

It's also been really lovely to connect with the incredible and supportive Art community on Instagram. It's so important to connect with other creatives and support each other. Collaboration over competition always wins!

'Sweet Lilac Sunset' - Lucia Paps Art

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