Welcome to Peter Lawton Art

Picture of Peter LawtonWelcome to my world of art – it is my sincere hope that you enjoy my work as much as I have enjoyed painting it.

So come on in and take a peek. The subject matter varies enormously, and I would be fascinated to hear which ones appeal to you!


About Peter

Following a long career in the aviation industry, I have at last been able to indulge my fantasy of becoming a painter. At school, I was keen on drawing – mainly cartoons and caricatures – which did little to help me through ‘A’ level Art.

During my time flying in the Fleet Air Arm and RAF, I took on the task of being ‘Line Book artist and compiler’, which involved a cartoonistic representation of the Squadron’s goings-on (this was great fun!).

It wasn’t until 1999, when confronted with several bare walls in the house we had just purchased, that I pulled out an ancient watercolour set and created about 20 paintings. Using Wilko’s finest frames, it was a cheap solution, but it also rekindled a deep desire to paint more seriously, as some of them were not too bad!

It was during a visit to Open Studios in North West Norfolk in 2012 that I discovered Martin Kinnear’s Norfolk Painting School. I enrolled for his 5-day foundation course in oil painting which was to include Old Master and Impressionist techniques.

Needless to say, I loved the course and bought all the equipment I would need to start painting at home. Three years on, and I have attended a Level 2 City and Guilds Art and Craft course with Clare Francis Smith and a 3-day Expressive Oils course with Martin Kinnear again and have many framed pictures, affordable prints and greetings cards to offer to the art buying public.

It was also a great pleasure to have exhibited in my own Open Studio (May 2015) for the first time, where the sales and feedback have helped me enormously to develop further, so my thanks to those who bought and advised.

I paint mostly scenic and figurative subjects in an impressionistic manner, which I hope you will enjoy browsing.


Why Paint?

Ask anyone why they paint and you will get as many different answers as there are painters! For me, there is a correlation between writing a novel* and laying down a picture on a convenient surface. Both streams of creativity present an opportunity to take an extract out of reality and tinker and play with …