T. Allen Lawson is drawn to the quieter side of life. Over time, he has developed a discipline of patiently observing and studying the often-unnoticed rhythms and subtleties of his surroundings. In his paintings he strives to build layers and textures with pigment to create the abstraction and nuanced depth he feels in nature and the world around him.
Born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming, he studied drawing and portraiture at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois. He furthered his formal studies by attending the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut. A lifelong student, his dedication and love of his profession is always evolving as his interests and influences continue to challenge him.
Lawson has won numerous awards including the Directors’ Choice Award for Outstanding Landscape and the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award, both at the 2016 Prix de West. He was also awarded the 2010 Founder’s Prize at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. In 2008, Lawson was chosen by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush to create the painting for the official White House Christmas card. His work is shown in public collections including the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming; the Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado; the Forbes Magazine Collection in New York, New York; and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Lawson lives and works in Rockport, Maine, and Sheridan, Wyoming.