I am an abstract artist based in Ossett, West Yorkshire. I first started painting/drawing whilst very young and then let it slip during my teenage years and didn’t pick it up again until my late 20’s. I started just doing paintings for our new house. After seeing the art friends wanted some and said i should try selling them and so i did. I tried Ebay to start with, but i didn’t sell my first 6 paintings and at a cost of £10 per listing the costs where rising and i was literally 2 mins from giving it up when a lady bought my first painting for the minimum bid of £45 and Lucy Art was born from there (which is named after my daughter Lucy). I built confidence from this, adding more art and all these sold, so i created a website of my works (www.lucyart.co.uk) which i was producing from my garage at home and linked this to ebay and vice versa and it was an instant success. Within 6 months i had packed my job in and moved to an 800sq ft studio near my home and a month after that persuaded my wife Paula to follow suit and help with the day to day admin of the business. After a further 6 months i was always thinking how to expand the business as i could only create so many paintings, so i looked at digital printing, printing any photo on to canvas and stretching around a 38mm deep wooden frame. I spoke to our web designer and we quickly offered it online, customers took to it very well. We used an outside company to create them in the early days then quickly bought the printers and i asked my Dad who was approaching retirement if he would like to work for me making frames and stretching the canvas prints he said yes so we were in business. This side grew from strength to strength, i then took on another member of staff a young art graduate, John Goddard who was then our graphic artist. Taking on staff is quite scary and a big responsibilty but after a while you work out how best to manage individuals and i do enjoy having a nice close team around me and this only helps with customer service and ensuring we all produce the best quality products, all of the time and our large database of regular customers only proves we must be doing something right.
With the business getting busier all the time we needed more space and my landlord looked at extending existing premises, but it took too long to get all plans passed etc and we found the perfect spot in my hometown of Ossett, West Yorkshire. It was an old car showroom over 4000 sq ft just on the edge of the town centre on a busy road and with large front and side windows for our displays. When initially looking for new premises i wasn’t sure if i needed such a big gallery space as 99% of our business was online but as we started refurbishment work i just decided let’s go for it and we even created an extra display area in the old car garage. I must admit i definately bit of more than i could chew and costs just got totally out of control and had a nightmare with the builders who we had to sack 3 weeks prior to our opening date and if it hadn’t have been for my Dad, who is builder/joiner by trade, there was no way we would have got finished. We got the keys at the end of March 2007 and opened the gallery 18th August 2007 and to say myself and all staff were running on empty for the grand opening is an understatement, but it was a good day and night. Before the big move we employed further members of staff, Linda who was my friends Mum and a fantastic addition to the team. Lucy then sent in her cv and had experience of working in an art gallery so she seemed the perfect candidate. Next in was Dan who has really impressed me and is excellent at his job and great with the customers.
The gallery was really busy until Feb 2008 when we really started to see the effect of the global recession and the credit crunch kicking in and an extremely hard 2 years followed and we had to streamline the business, but i believe it has made us a better and stronger outfit going forward and a lot of lessons have been learnt along the way. Business is really good again and whilst writing this we are looking forward to a busy Christmas period and we have lots of exciting ideas for 2011 including a new website, perspex art and framed artwork to buy online and all created in house to ensure top quality.
The gallery is at 29 Station Rd, Ossett, West Yorkshire. WF5 8AY.
Original art on canvas, painted by me with free colour change service.
Canvas prints, which is art we source, print and frame in house and all has our slant on to make them unique to us.
Photos printed on to canvas, which is exactly that and you can upload your images online or call in the gallery. You can also have them printed as posters or fine art prints.
Photo Wallpaper, we can produce custom bespoke wallpaper from any image so you can give any room a view.
We also offer bespoke framing and perspex acrylic art.