About Val Lawson and her art

Who I am and why I paint
An expressive abstract artist working on canvas using oils, acrylics or mixed media, I create colourful textural paintings representing special moments, places, people and things.

I returned to art on retirement after a demanding business career with long hours and the need to travel. Alongside this I have a family, a home and a social life.

Art has taken over my life and I have a great compulsion to paint. I spend time most days in the studio or managing the admin. For me, each painting is a journey from initial idea through planning to completion in which I follow a 5 stage process.

My experiences of life influence my paintings in various ways. For example, my new series “Reflections in water” contrasts areas of calm and still amidst hectic ripples. The calm areas allow the eye to stop and rest before moving on in the painting, just as periods of quiet are important within a busy life. My forest series conjures memories of carefree childhood visits to local woodland, running through the trees and fallen leaves of the autumn.