Ted Lawson is contemporary 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 past president of the
Canton Artists League in Canton, Ohio. Ted is represented by Gallery + in Cleveland Ohio
at the 78th Street Studios. 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 a mechanical
engineer?”. Nevertheless, Ted remains intensely interested in art in general and
watercolor painting, in particular.