Born in 1960, Perthshire based artist Ron Lawson has become one of the UK’s most popular and sought after landscape artists of recent times.
What few may realise is that Ron Lawson’s rise to the top is a culmination of talent, dedication and hard work spanning over 40 years of exhibiting his work in galleries across the UK.
At the age of 16, Ron landed a job with DC Thomson & Co Ltd in Dundee which propelled him into a life-long career in the art world.
Reflecting on this time, Ron says “As a youngster I’d worked away at creating a massive portfolio with many different examples of the kind of work I enjoyed at that time. On the strength of that body of work, at the age of 16, I landed a full-time job in the art studios of publishers DC Thomson.
From the moment I set foot in that art studio in August 1976, I knew that life as a professional artist was exactly what I wanted and I’ve been a professional artist ever since.”
It was only a few years after embarking on what would be a 34 year career with DC Thomson, that Ron, away from his day to day work, started exhibiting his own paintings in galleries in 1978.
Inspired by artists such as Sir James Guthrie and Edward Seago, Ron set about mastering the medium of watercolour, concentrating on learning how paint works, never stopping experimenting and learning.
“In those days I used to show my work around little art galleries mostly in the Angus area with fairly modest success but it was a great start and every little bit of encouragement just keeps you going forward.
By the mid 1980’s into 1990, I started to develop what has now become my signature grey skies and as the 1990’s progressed, I concentrated more on Scottish landscape painting. The popularity of my paintings depicting the remoteness of the Hebridean landscape featuring leadened skies and isolated cottages started in the mid 90’s and have increased in popularity and demand ever since.”
As this demand for Ron’s paintings steadily grew as his work came to the attention of more and more art buyers, it wasn’t until 2010 that Ron decided to take the huge step of leaving a full-time job he’d been in since 1976 to focus entirely on his own paintings.
There are very few artists in today’s art market that regularly achieve sell-out exhibitions.
Ron Lawson is one such artist, which is testament to both his tremendous talent and hard work.
“After a lifetime of painting, it’s still an enormous thrill and incredibly satisfying to see my work completed, framed and on display. The reaction from viewers, some of whom have become interested enough in my work to start collecting it, is always extremely gratifying. It’s all the inspiration an artist needs to keep painting...”