Ted Lawson (Tedclawson)

Ted Lawson, OWS

Ted Lawson, OWS, is an award winning watercolor artist whose initial art training came during high school in Phoenix, Arizona. Ted spent a tour in the US Navy and a career in engineering but kept his strong interest in art. Ted has since studied with nationally known instructors Gerald Brommer, Tony Couch and Fred Graff and continues training and development in watercolor composition and design.

Ted works in watercolors and acrylics primarily in a representational style however he occasionally experiments with non-objective and abstract styles. He leaves it up to the viewer to use his or her own intellect and experiences to find the underlying meanings.

Ted likes to create art using "the things that people see and use everyday" as his inspiration. His ideas involving common everyday scenes or objects spring from his extensive foreign and domestic travels as well as glimpses of New York City. Ted continuously strives to accomplish the goal of creating something that is entertaining and thought provoking for other people to look at and enjoy.

Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Ted resides in Canton, Ohio with his wife Patricia, a high school Spanish teacher. They have one daughter, Emily, who with her husband Guy, lives in NYC and works in a Manhattan law firm that specializes in live productions for Broadway.

Ted is a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. Ted is also president of the Canton Artists League in Canton, Ohio, Ted’s paintings have been juried into Regional, State and International Exhibitions and are contained in collections across the country.

Ted is included in a recently published anthology of Stark County Ohio artists, Stark ARThology. Furthermore, Ted’s painting “Mini Bittner” was chosen as the cover art for Stark ARThology. In the forward of Stark ARThology, David Kaminiski writes “Until his retirement in April 2010, Ted was an engineer at Marathon Petroleum in Canton, schooled in mechanical engineering and economics. So how did this mechanical engineer become a watercolor artist?” Ted responds, “How did this artist ever become and engineer?”. Nevertheless, Ted remains intensely interested in art in general and watercolor painting, in particular.