Every day I walk the beach and every day it is different: here the skyline falls into the sea, forming a space between heaven and earth. The Dorset coastline, etched into my memory, fills my work, although I do not strive to recreate it in any representational way.
In my paintings I focus on constructing areas of space and clean lines interrupted by colour. Thus it is both the coast and the surrounding landscape and the process of painting itself that inspires much of my work. My paintings hold many shapes and colours, either in harmony or conflict, but always in conversation with one another.
For me, abstraction allows for the development of a personal voice. Simplification through abstraction: creating balance with shapes in tone and colour; building up layers of paint to create surfaces which give the work its life. It is a meditative process which absorbs me entirely. I have an untiring curiosity in the way in which I can create movement and balance with paint, making surfaces shimmer with life. By laying certain colours alongside one another and by adding transparent layers the work can gain a kind ofmovement of its own.
Teresa Lawton was born in Poole and studied Fine Art at Winchester. Exhibitions include the Art Loan Collection at Bournemouth University, the Discerning Eye Exhibition selected by HRH the Prince of Wales, the Royal Academy Summer Shows, the New York Art Fair and numberous exhibitions in and around London.