It’s the smallest details of natural ephemera that most captures Bath, UK-based artist Lucy Augé. “On bike rides through the Somerset countryside, I pause now and again when something catches my eye: the shape of the brambles or a cluster of birch leaves blowing in the wind,” she says. Then she transports these found clippings and cuttings back to her studio—in an old stone farmhouse—and paints from life.
Julie first stumbled on Augé’s work via Instagram (@lucyauge_art), and we’ve since been enamored of her ethereal, evocative studies of leaves and vines, shadows and light. Augé began her career as an illustrator, but during a time of healing, she turned to nature, painting the flowers in her garden, then venturing further, into the English landscape. Her works are made with sustainability and longevity in mind (all assembled to archival standards, she says, and designed to last for generations). Now, she sells her work worldwide (though without the go-between of a gallery; she prefers to connect more directly with those who follow her work).
Today we’re taking a look inside Augé’s current studio in the Somerset countryside, the perfect site for setting out on walks and then returning, again, to work.
(N.B. Augé is the artist behind the botanical sketches in our forthcoming book, Remodelista in Maine: A Design Lover’s Guide to Inspired, Down-to-Earth Style, available now for pre-order. For more info, head here.)
Photography by Roo Lewis (@roolewis).
N.B.: Augé sends a new catalogue of work to her mailing list each season; sign up to be notified here.