Some artists travel great distances to find inspiration for their art. Lucinda Eubanks, formally Lucinda O’Connell, has always had a view to paint from. She has lived on all three of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Napa Valley and now Sausalito, Ca.
“There are so many subjects around my home that I will paint in either watercolor or oil. The views from above Sausalito looking out towards San Francisco, or the endless rows of vines in Napa Valley. Subject matters in places like this are unlimited.”
Lucinda’s twenty-seven year career began painting the narrow streets of St. Croix and showcasing her work in a local gallery. From there she has owned two galleries, been the resident artist for properties like Robert Mondavi Winery, Caneel Bay in St. John and for The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas where most rooms display her work. Her accomplishments also include her art being featured on covers and in article of many magazines, and on The Today Show and Law and Order.
In 1997 Lucinda added another aspect of her career: teacher. She began offering watercolor classes to those staying at Caneel Bay and The Ritz-Carlton tutoring everyone from 5 years old to 97 years old with little or no experience. She has taught lawyers, doctors, wine makers, stock brokers, jail wardens, rock stars, four CIA officers, one transvestite that she knows of and others who thought they could never paint. She’s had people leave her class in tears, not because they were unhappy with their painting, but because they couldn’t believe what they had painted. She loves showing her students a part of themselves they never knew and then hearing years later they are painting and even exhibiting. Others will say they have taken it on as a hobby for relaxation.
In 2011 Lucinda experienced a personal tragedy which lead her to lay down her brush for almost two years.
“I just didn’t have the desire to paint beauty.”
During this time she traveled around the US looking for a new community in which to heal and move forward. Lucinda’s journey lead her to Sausalito, where she slowly began to paint about the murder of her husband.
“These paintings are completely different from the work I am known for. Some are dark and very emotional, others convey the love we had for each other. I learned how to do collage and experiment with colors I never used. This has helped me move through this stage in my life. I’m grateful to have this capability which has been cathartic. I am healing through art, and this supportive community.”
Lucinda would like to invite you to her studio located in Sausalito. Please contact her for an appointment to view her latest oils and watercolors of the area. She enjoys commissions and has been active in painting for her clients. If you have something in mind, speak with her about a commission.
“I thrive on knowing a commissioned piece will be a personal treasure that will last a lifetime and beyond.”
A commissioned painting is a wonderful way to celebrate any event, future or past, and to share it with others.