To some, painting is simply a mixing of colors on a blank canvas, to Lucy Rawn it is nothing less than magic.
For more than 25 years, Rawn has practiced what she calls her magic, hoping that one day she would be able to bring the picture that hid in her creativity, into the world and onto the canvas.
"I always had right in the back of my mind this big, beautiful painting but I couldn't do it," Rawn said.
A short painting class at a local craft store prompted Rawn's artistic journey, she said. As the teacher demonstrated different painting techniques, Rawn saw the magic emerge, and she knew she could paint the picture.
"It was magic and I thought ‘oh I can do this' and because of that I wanted to paint," she said. "I broke that barrier of ‘I can't do it.'"
From that realization, Rawn has embarked on a prolific artistic career. She has painted hundreds of pieces from photos and live subjects, of people and animals, and in different media including oils and pastels.
Despite breaking the "I-can't-do-it," barrier, Rawn said she still had far to go, and spent the next seven years in art classes every Saturday, practicing.
Rawn attributes her abilities to practice, and it's the practice that she prescribes to any aspiring artist.
"If you want to do it, do it and keep trying," she said.
Rawn began painting believing that a true artist could approach a canvas and begin creating. She now knows this isn't the case; even the best artists, and her personal inspiration, Norman Rockwell, worked from pictures.
Since this realization, Rawn has adopted a new goal, to create paintings that do more than depict their subject, to create pictures that evoke emotion.
"My ultimate aim is to get a feeling in a painting so it's not just blah," Rawn said.
Rawn is working on one piece she said she believes accomplishes this goal -- a very subtle blending of light beiges and blues which form Rawn's favorite place, the ocean. The painting, she said, is incomplete and will probably remain that way, offering calming and soothing feelings to onlookers.
"I love the ocean, I truly love that water," she said.
She plans to continue selling her art, which starts at $500 for portraits and $250 for pet portraits, for years to come, she said.
Rawn also hopes to begin teaching art classes for students who, like her at one point, just need to see some magic.
For more information about Rawn's paintings, call (928) 472-6086.
Name: Lucy Rawn
Birthplace: Waukegan, Ill.
Family: One son, one daughter, both of them live in California.
Personal Motto: Have fun and be happy
Inspiration: Other master artists
Greatest Feat: Making it to 68
Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Painting
Three words that describe me best are ... fun-loving, happy and crazy
I don't want to brag ... but I can do it
The person in history I'd most like to meet is: Rembrandt, I'd like to talk to him.
Luxury defined: Plenty of money, then you could spend it anytime, anywhere.
Dream vacation spot: By the ocean
Why Payson? I knew someone who lived here and it was a small town, I like small towns.