About Val Lawson and her art

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

I returned to art on retirement after a 40 year long business career in big corporations, smaller businesses and the voluntary sector. Wherever I worked, it was usually in a demanding role, with long hours and the need to travel. Alongside this I have a family, a home and a social life which includes playing bridge.

For me, each painting is a journey from initial idea through planning to completion. Each tells a story inspired by memories of a special person, place, event or thing. I use light, colours and shapes to represent the atmosphere or mood of the subject,.

My experiences of life influence my work, especially my more abstract paintings. 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 amid the busy of a typical working day.