Lucille Femine grew up on Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. She found it was a great place during the summer, because she happened to be just a few blocks from the beach.
School was not a fond memory for Lucille as she found she wasn’t able to really learn about life and how to live it, especially from nuns with little exposure to the excitement of life. To get out of the mundane world that school seemed to force her into, Lucille found herself drawing and painting.
When she was twelve years old, Lucille decided she was an artist. She says this was the most satisfying thing for her and she began with drawing. Once she was a little older, she discovered the impressionists and was hooked.
She says: “I started with drawing lots of people. I'd make them sit and pose for me. I was very interested in mastering the body. I'd practice one part of the body for weeks, then another. Later, at fifteen, I discovered acrylic paint and the impressionists not long after that. I get inspired by the world around me. I see every scene as a potential painting. I examine the composition, colors and especially the emotional content. There's some artists I studied on Youtube that I greatly admire, mostly watercolorists and, though I don't copy their styles, I learn quite a bit about technique. When I feel I've lost my touch, I watch one of them and that brings me back to battery.”
Lucille also has a love of writing. She has written and illustrated a children's book and a short story. She finds it satisfying to entertain while also adding a message into the mix.
Among her favorite paintings are "McDougal Street, Greenwich Village,” "Manhattan, Days End," "Enjoying the Fountain," and “Weekend in Hoboken." She says she was inspired to paint New York when she moved back to the city several years ago, and fell in love with it all over again. Her paintings seem to portray the city as a happy place, which is what most viewers tell her.
Lucille is very passionate about the arts and what they can do for people. She believes we can help salvage the planet with all of its problems through the exercise and dissemination of aesthetics, and is always trying to merge her own enjoyment as an artist with this bigger goal.