Lucy Swope, who grew up summering in Woods Hole, has gone on to a quiet, yet illustrious, career in art, writing, and education. Her art has become specialized in wood cuts illustrating tiny handmade books, which she writes, prints and binds herself in limited editions of around one hundred. The books are mostly about animals.
As a Vermont librarian has said “ Her books reflect her deep love of rural New England……All of Lucy’s books reflect her respect for the animals that have been a part of her life. Her connection to these animals is a profound one- they are members of an extended family and she describes them as such using her careful, descriptive language and beautiful block prints…..The books themselves reflect the values that Swope describes in her stories and each is a work of art.”