Lucie Demoyencourt was born in 1983 in Paris, she grew up in South Africa, where she works as an architect, set designer, illustrator and painter. With no formal art training, painting and drawing is something Lucie has always done for herself. By observing her subjects very closely, she allows the brush to move around the canvas without giving it much thought, trusting that her hand will do something intuitive to what she is seeing. Lucie aims to complete a painting in one sitting, and enjoys working into wet paint with thicker layers of colour. “I paint because I am addicted to the ‘surprise’ that the painted canvas gives me when I step back from the easel”. Lucie has been a prolific artist despite being an architecture student for 7 years, painting mainly exotic palm trees, animals and dancers. Lucie’s mother was a ballet dancer and her father, an antique dealer and collector of African art, she says she has been inspired all her life by the things they have shown her. Lucie has participated in a number of local and international exhibitions.