Interior design adds another layer to artist's brush strokes

Interior design adds another layer to artist's brush strokes

Professional Stockport artist Lucy Burgess has credited the College’s interior design course for helping to develop her understanding of the iconic local buildings she represents.

Lucy left her job as an archery instructor in 2019 to focus solely on her artwork, after receiving high-profile commissions from the Stockport branch of the Holiday Inn, the local Vernon Building Society and the town’s Walthew House, for people with hearing and vision loss.

The knowledge of colour and scale she gained from the three-year course has formed an integral part of her paintings, including Lucy’s most recent in February 2020, which involved working with the users of Walthew House to create a 30ft mural of Stockport.

Lucy said: “You can see what I learned on my interior design course in a large part of my work, which revolves around architecture, the old and the new. Depending on how old you are, my paintings evoke memories and get people talking.

“I took a lot away from Stockport College’s interior design course, from being able to explore different styles, such as Art Deco, to the practicalities of scaling designs and matching complementary colours. I may not have had the confidence back then to focus on my painting, but I’m making up for it now.”

Lucy, who gained a distinction from the course, launched a website in January 2020 to showcase her paintings and printed merchandise that would usually be on sale at local makers markets in Stockport, Cheadle, Bramhall and the surrounding area pre-Covid.

The mother-of-two from Woodsmoor said: “I never expected such wonderful feedback from the website and social media, but it’s really taken off. I’m now enjoying focusing on my paintings with the view of one day holding an exhibition with all the paintings I’ve now been able to achieve.”

To take a look at Lucy’s work, which includes prints on cards, mugs, tea towels, calendars and coasters, visit