Born in Belstead Park near Ipswich, Lucy Harwood began her artistic training at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, though her studies were interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War. In 1937 she developed her approach to painting at the newly established East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing. Harwood was an active member of the school’s life. The artist exhibited widely throughout her career, holding significant exhibitions at the Minories in Colchester and at the Sally Hunter Fine Art gallery. Her work is held in the collections of the Ipswich Museum and of the Colchester Art Society.