Robert Lucy (most people call him “Bobby”) has been a full time artist for over 30 years. He received his BFA and MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His body of work includes oil paintings and colored pencil drawings of all kinds of subject matter.

In 2010, Damon Gorrie, a collector who had acquired Lucy’s painting SHEEBA, asked him to paint a portrait of his dog in the same style. Bobby painted Gorrie’s pug, Smudge, with a bold background and a deep connection to the face and eyes of the dog. His friend Bunny saw the painting of Smudge and asked him to paint his dog MANDY. Though he hadn’t painted animals much before, Bobby had always had great love of animals, and so it felt very natural to turn to animals as subject matter.

Thus was born Robert Lucy Commissions. Now Lucy devotes much of his studio time to creating contemporary fine art portraits of people and their pets. He’s painted dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, seahorses and more.

Smudge, 2010, Oil on canvas, Collection of Damon Gorrie, New York City

Bobby’s goal is to capture the essence or soul of his subjects. The style of the portraits is bright and crisp and direct and he often sets off his finely modeled subjects with bright and graphic backgrounds. He is also very happy to collaborate and create portraits with colors and backgrounds specifically made to order.

Lucy brings love and empathy to his subjects creating lifetime treasures for his clients. He lives in Woodstock, New York, with his boyfriend, Chris Wells, and their rat terrier, Sally.

Robert with Sally in 2014

Painting Morgan in 2015

Me Painting Morgan