Teresa Lawton was born in Poole, Dorset and studied at Bournemouth and Winchester College of Art. She has lived and worked in Dorset since 1982 and has had a long association with the Isle of Purbeck. 'I know the terrain intimately; exploring the heath and hills, the beach and dunes as a child on horseback left an indelible memory and I can say without question that my heart remains in those wild parts of Purbeck, my childhood memories of that place are magical'. Five years ago Teresa moved along the coast and now works from her studio near Weymouth.
Inspired by the Dorset coastline with its dramatic chalk cliffs and sand blown beaches she walks an ancient landscape with farmed patchwork fields punctuated by dense woodlands. She explores ideas by simplifying form, space and colour, being less interested in representation she paints instinctively from a personal perspective. She builds up layer upon layer of rich polished surfaces in oil paint which she then scores, marks and reorganises with pencil marks as the work develops, leaving contrasting areas of space and light. Layers and glazes subtly reveal abstracted landmarks and sculptural forms.
Her work is not a direct reaction to her surroundings, it is influenced by memories linked to a landscape which she has explored since childhood. The passing of the seasons, the sea and coastline, the regeneration of the land, the daily influence of the sun, moon, wind and rain are often a starting point for her painting.
Teresa has been successfully exhibiting for 20 years, in London, Hampshire, Norfolk, Devon and Cornwall. Her work is in private collections from Beijing to New York.