Lucy Hardie is an Australian artist popularly known for her meticulously rendered ink drawings on cotton paper. Her artworks are exhibited and featured in numerous art and literary publications worldwide. Hardie‘s art pieces are characterized as a mix of romanticism and fantasy.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up on a farm in Victoria, Australia with my parents, younger brother, and two older sisters. I’m grateful for my experiences growing up surrounded by the spaciousness and stillness of the land and skies, witnessing the cycle of life on the farm, for all the times spent adventuring outside, the feasts, laughs and wacky times shared with family, for my parents’ support to pursue creativity, and for my siblings, who have been great friends over the years. 

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

How to navigate challenging relational dynamics and exercise boundaries more effectively. Although, my lack of clarity instilled a hunger in me to learn and develop skills in this area – something I have pursued with passion.  

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

To just make art that you like, and not care about how others respond to it. In the world of art, compared to business, the customer is not always considered or appreciated.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

In my early twenties, I was involved in an abusive relationship and experienced the loss of many of my friends when I moved on. It took me several years to rebuild my life. During that time, I moved to another town, traveled overseas, went back to university, and committed myself to art. I learned through the experience the importance of standing up and speaking up when needed. I also discovered a sense of purpose through art, which was a great avenue of connection and expression at the time. The experience also helped set me on a path of conscious growth and transformation that continues today.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

Consistent effort over time.

What is your morning routine?

I wake up around 6:30 am. I hydrate with a green drink and water and then exercise. I rotate daily between yoga, calisthenics, dance, and high intensity. After a shower, I meditate for half an hour, get ready for my day, have breakfast, and then out the door and hello world!

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) – a form of body work that helps me connect with and integrate sensations and emotions on a daily basis through breathing exercises. 

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

Structuring my days and tasks helps me focus and be productive. I do all my mentoring on Mondays, for example, so studio days are completely free for creating. Writing things down in lists also helps me be focused and clear, as well as putting my phone aside until the end of the day. 

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

12 Stages of Healing by Donny Epstein. This book has provided me with a road map for learning how to connect with and process life experiences. It’s been like a bible to me over the years.

Just Kids by Patti Smith. I love how Patti Smith’s writing of even the most ordinary happenings evokes a sense of beauty and wonder. Her story growing up as a young musician, artist, and poet, and her relationship with photographer Robert Mappelthorpe, is an inspiration to me and reminds me of the multitude of ways we find our ways in life. 

The Choice by Edith Eger. I am drawn to stories of transformation. Eger’s story of her own life, from surviving Auschwitz to becoming a psychologist and writing this book in her 90’s has touched peoples’ lives around the world and reminds me of the light that can come from darkness when we are ready and willing to face it.  

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense” – Rumi

“Just do what you know now” – My dad