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Palate and brush off’ for boss who quits City job

PUBLISHED: 19:30 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 05 October 2010

Lucy at work in her studio at home in East London

Lucy at work in her studio at home in East London

TOP company boss Lucy Fay got bored with her tedious nine-to-five routine and quit her salaried job. The finance manager gave up the City routine in June—for a life of paint, palate and brush. She is now selling her work in a street market in London’s East End

TOP company boss Lucy Fay got bored with her tedious nine-to-five routine and quit her salaried job.

The finance manager gave up the City routine in June—for a life of paint, palate and brush.

She is now selling her work in a street market in London’s East End and enjoying her new life.

“I started painting in my spare time because I wasn’t feeling fulfilled at work,” Lucy explains.

“My work is very emotional—the images I create usually come straight from my mind onto canvas.”

Lucy is one of East London’s up-and-coming artists selling her work at the new Saturday crafts market in Bow’s Roman Road, where she’s even getting commissions from art lovers.

Her dramatic abstract creations are on canvas in materials such as acrylic, oil and glitter paints.

“Selling on the stall has been going really well so far,” she adds optimistically.

“Every Saturday I sell even more than the last week, with a few customers even commissioning pieces.”

The credit crunch seems to have eluded the financial manager-turned-artist who sells original creations from £6 a piece at the Saturday crafts market at Ewart Place, off Roman Road.


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