David Lawton

American Plein Air Painter, Oil and Pastel
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David Lawton Artist Biography

Oil painter and pastel artist, David Lawton has been painting for over thirty years. He began studying art a very young age. At the age of sixteen he was invited to a summer workshops in Scotland to study with George Devlin, a well-known Scottish artist.

He also studied portraiture for many years under the tutelage of nationally known portrait painters, Cedric and Joanette Egeli. Traveling to Provincetown, Massachusettes, in the late 1970's, he studied color and light under master impressionist Henry Hensche at the Cape Cod School of Art. David continued his art studies at the Art Student's League in New York City concentrating studies with David Leffel, Frank Mason, Daniel Green and Robert Beverly Hale.

Returning to Maryland to raise his family, David continued to pursue his love of art by continuing studies at the Maryland Institute of Art, St John's College and Anne Arundel Community College. His training has been in oils and soft pastels. Currently focusing on pastel landscapes and still life, "I enjoy the immediacy that pastels allow me and the freshness I can achieve with pastel."

David's pastels were featured in the May 1998, American Artist Magazine. He was the President of the Maryland Pastel Society, continuing to exhibit his work in National Competitions. He received the Best in Show award in the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod at the Annual Exhibition, August 2000.

A plein air painter, David Lawton has participated in Paint Annapolis and enjoys painting the landscape and marine scenes in his home state of Maryland. He is a sought-after painting instructor, enjoying sharing his knowlege with his students. Lawton is featured in the book, "100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic" by Gary Pendleton, published by Schiffer Publishing in 2014.

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