During his time in Chicago, Lucy also had the privilege of becoming friends with the artist Sylvia Sleigh, wife of critic, curator and poet Lawrence Alloway. Lucy sat many times for Sleigh, most famous for her male nudes and for her part in the women’s movement in New York City in the 1970’s. He also became a travelling companion to Ms. Sleigh, and had the opportunity to see the great museums and architectural wonders of the world, adding greatly to his artistic education.
In 1999, Lucy moved full time to the Oregon Coast where he created his Wainscoting series. This was also the time when he began to work with colored pencils, culminating in his Seafashions series.
In 2006, Lucy met his partner Chris Wells, moved to Manhattan where they began The Secret City, an Obie Award-winning ArtChurch. In 2013, they moved to the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, New York, where they currently live and work.