the Be", oil on canvas, 14" x 16", 2002.
King", oil on canvas, 14" x 24", 2003.
oil on canvas, 26" x 14", 2004.
Cheetah", oil on canvas, 12" x 20", 2004.
Peak", Oil on canvas, 34" x 50", 2004.
"A View from the
Shade", oil on canvas, 42"x72", 2004.
To the Potential Clients of Lucie
My wife and I live in
. We are nearing retirement age but are
self employed in own engineering consulting firm with offices in several cities.
On one of the many flights I found a complementary copy of Wildlife
Art containing Lucie’s haunting picture of a little lion cub called
“King to Be”. Neither Mary nor I
know anything about art, and had never collected any art before. Our major
eccentricity is that both of us have always loved cats.
We have always had cats from childhood thru marriage thru the child
rearing years and now into advanced middle age. We bought the portrait sight
unseen from her related gallery (
) without any contact with Lucie. We
followed that purchase with “The King”.
You might say that while we don’t know art, we know what we like.
Somewhere in this chain of events we
contacted Lucie herself. Prior to
all this we purchased a
kitten from one of the premier breeders, Dale & Holly Hummel (www.savannahcatbreed.com).
It is a created breed using an African Serval as father and a domestic cat,
, as the mother. The product is a tall, large exotic housecat with striking
markings. At the time Sere joined us it was a novelty, now it is a recognized
breed and growing rapidly. Sere joined our family which included domestic short
hairs and long hairs as well as Maine Coons a large domestic (and Native
American) cat. Sere was so unusual, and valuable, that we wished to memorialize
him appropriately with a quality portrait. When
the kids were young we had pictures drawn of our various cats at the local YMCA
cat shows and the like. They were satisfactory at the time but for Sere we
wanted a REAL portrait done by an outstanding professional artist. So, Lucie
Lucie spent endless hours just trying to
get appropriate pictures of Sere, no small task. You cannot use flash so Lucie
had to be patient with a cat that never keeps his ears still. Sere learned it
from his father. A Serval earns his living with his large ears listening and
scanning for rodents in tall grass. Lucie carefully locked in his colors with
her color sketches. She also measured Sere as the portrait was to be full scale.
She mapped the exact nature of his spots and stripes. Some months later a
striking technical portrait arrives that displays Sere in breathtaking detail
(every spot and stripe is exact). It now resides in our living room as a
permanent tribute to the awesome beauty of this animal. We love to look at it
and are proud for our friends and guests to see it.
The story does not end there. We have
purchased “Baby Cheetah”, commissioned her to do a landmark mountain near us
” and a very large painting “A View from the Shade”. Sadly, time moves on
and we have lost several of our older cats to old age. Now Mary has purchased a
, Kruger, who like his older half brother is a striking beauty.
As soon as Kruger matures Lucie will have to pack her bags once again and
head to the Valley of the Sun!
If you like what you see on Lucie’s
web page, or you to wish a quality permanent memorial to your beloved pet then
you may wish to consider Lucie. While
Mary and I based decisions on what we like we also had a neighbor in our
community who owns four upscale galleries in the Valley.
At our request, he viewed her work and met Lucie while she was here. His
comment: “She has real talent.” This further reinforced our own instinct.
While Lucie obviously cannot compete with the “artist at the local YMCA”, we
have found her work to be both high in quality and reasonable in price and
thereby represent lasting value.
Finally, I want to point out that we
have not asked for nor been offered any compensation or inducement to author
this testimonial. We are simply a happy client.
Roland and Mary Ruhl
Windy Walk- Troon Communites
Note: the authors can be reached at