Some artists travel great distances to find inspiration for their art. Lucinda Eubanks, formally Lucinda O’Connell, has always had a view from which to paint. She has lived on all three of the U.S. Virgin Islands, in the Napa Valley, CA and now in Sausalito, CA.

“I have been fortunate to have resided amidst so many beautiful subjects that I could paint in either watercolor or oil. The vistas from Sausalito looking out towards San Francisco Bay, the endless rows of vines in Napa Valley, or the turquoise waters of the Caribbean— in places like these inspiring views are unlimited.”

Thirty years ago Lucinda’s career began painting the narrow streets of St. Croix, USVI and showcasing her work in a local gallery. From there she has owned two galleries, served as the resident artist for properties like Robert Mondavi Winery, Caneel Bay in St. John and for The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, where most rooms displayed her work. Her accomplishments also include her art being featured in many publications, and on The Today Show and Law and Order.

In 1997 Lucinda added another aspect of her career: teaching. 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. She has taught lawyers, doctors, winemakers, 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 or therapy.

In 2011 Lucinda experienced a personal tragedy which caused her to lay down her brush for almost two years. “My husband had been murdered and 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 in 2013 she slowly began to paint again.

 

“These first few paintings were completely different from the colorful and joyful work for which I was known. Some were dark and very emotional, others conveyed the love we had for each other. I learned how to do collage and experiment with colors I had not previously used. This helped me move through a difficult stage in my life. I’m grateful to have this creative capability which has been cathartic. I am healing through art.” 

 

Lucinda currently teaches team building workshops at Cavallo Point in Sausalito and other locations in the Bay Area. By clicking on the “Classes” page, you will find more information about her classes, and how students can reconnect with themselves and their team.

She has resumed painting works that make people happy and is also available for commission work. 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 painting is a wonderful way to celebrate any event, future or past, and to share it with others.

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