I create my subjects’ visual personality with my work. My portraits are oil paintings on panel or canvas and works on paper in pastel. I capture likeness, but also portray the attitude behind the face. The stories of individual subjects emerge through posture, symbols, props and sometimes humor. In Have Air Will Paint, I depict a fellow artist whose art is very provocative and uses airbrush; I painted him bound up by his hoses. Some of the symbols and props in Burning Brushes, Duckmeister, Caroline, and Bucky La Roo included flaming paint brushes, a subject’s own art work, an equestrian saddle, and a cowboy outfit. In my portrait of Pat & Roy, both successful attorneys, I use posture and directness to portray their strengths. Christina, granddaughter of the Hampton Classic founder, is dressed in her riding clothes and accompanied by her family’s newest puppy in my portrait of her. I explore the identities of the people I represent before painting them and then establish their identities in my portraits.
Lucille Berrill Paulsen lives in Water Mill, New York. She is a commissioned portrait painter. She has a degree in Advertising Art and Design from SUNY. Her first job was in Spain at the Madrid branch of McCann-Erickson. She studied portraiture under the direction of Richard Owen, Daniel Greene and Albert Handell. She has also attended Parsons School of Design. Ms. Paulsen has been a visiting artist for the Art Frame Program and instructed portraiture for the Southampton School System and has instructed at the Victor D’Amico Art Barge Institute of Art in Amagansett, New York. Recent past president of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Inc. and how serves on their board and the Board of the Allied Artist of America and is also a director of the Water Mill Museum where she heads the art show committee. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Fellow Artist of the American Artist Professional League. Her work is in private collections across the country and in Europe and widely displayed on the East End of Long Island and New York City.