9 - 29 September 2023
Teresa Lawton grew up in Dorset, roaming freely with dogs and ponies, so that the landscape is rooted deep in her imagination. Living now between Dorchester and the sea, that same landscape, largely unchanged continues to inspire her. And although her paintings are an abstracted and imagined version of the landscape, the stories of Thomas Hardy continue to inspire, even in the abstract.
‘Living in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, his stories feel very familiar to me, his wonderful, beautifully detailed descriptions of the heath and woodlands touch and inspire me. Some of the descriptions are so vivid I feel his presence as I walk the age-old time-trodden paths. So it’s not surprising that my paintings, rooted in the Dorset Landscape, are also entwined somehow with the Wessex landscape described by Hardy.’
Since Graduating from Winchester College of Art in 1994, Teresa Lawton has been successfully exhibiting around the country, including here at The Art Stable since 2007. Her work has been selected on a number of occasions for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, was selected by HRH the Prince of Wales for the Discerning Eye Exhibition in London in 1997 and exhibits regularly with the Penwith Gallery in St Ives, of which she is an associate member.