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, first in the historic village of Corfe in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck. She has had a long association with the Isle of Purbeck spending most of her childhood riding on Studland beach and working in the local stable there. ‘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 tmy hart remains in those wild parts of Purbeck, my childhood memories of that place are magical’. Teresa has recently moved along the coast and works from her studio near Weymouth.
Inspired by the Dorset coast 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 subsequent 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. Both in London, Hampshire Norfolk, Devon and Cornwall. Her work is in rivage collections form Beijing to New York.