Collector’s Choice: Skip Lawrence


Looking at landscape painting by Skip Lawrence is much like experiencing that first glorious cup of coffee in the early morning.  He captures not only  the concrete reality of that cup of coffee, but more importantly, he also captures that initial aroma as it flows softly into your bedroom and envelops you in a wordless sense of familiarity and expectation  you feel as you lie in bed slowly waking.

He captures the savory smell, the lingering emergence of consciousness after waking from a dream state.  He gives you the reality still hovering in the interstitial spaces between sleeping and waking.

All of this, he evokes with painting the landscape. He gives you an edge of concrete reality merging with a dream state of emotion and memory.  Looking at a landscape painting by Skip is to become totally enveloped in the feelings and memories of the place in the land, as well as the place evoked in the mind and heart of the viewer. Come to think of it, to experience a Skip Lawrence landscape is actually more satisfying than a morning cup of coffee, if you can imagine that.        Janis Kirstein



 I love everything about painting. I love feeling the paint, seeing a rich color spread under my brush onto a surface and the play between colors coming together. I love watching my idea take form until a painting finally says “it” and I am surprised and delighted every time. I love sharing my art and knowing that someone is moved by it.

I see no hierarchy among realism, abstraction, non-objective painting styles. I see only the relationship of colors, shapes, surface and line that either thrills or bores me. When these elements come together to communicate an artist’s intention to the viewer, to connect with someone, it is nothing short of wonderful.



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The subjects that have inspired me to paint have changed many, many times in the course of my painting life. I originally gained recognition for my landscape paintings. Like many new watercolorists, I was excited by the medium’s ability to capture glowing light and subtle atmosphere, and the landscape is an endless source of material. However, I missed the expressive lushness of oil painting, so I started using watercolor as I do now, in a more direct, opaque way.

The freedom from the “thou shalt/shall nots” of traditional watercolor opened up endless expressive possibilities and subjects to me. Today I work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, ink, and every combination thereof. My subjects may be my dogs, my paintbrushes, my wife, or the experience of gazing into a tidepool or a day fly fishing on a mountain stream. The common element is that my subjects are always something I care deeply about, something I am connected to emotionally. It may not always be evident to the viewer What it is I am painting, but it is pretty obvious that it is something I love!

I draw from a deep well of inspiration and admiration of many artists. I am inspired by Robert Motherwell for his freedom of mark and dedication to ideas, by Pierre Bonnard for his ability to surprise the viewer with the most familiar of subjects and for his gift with color, and by Richard Diebenkorn for fearless form and flat out beauty. The list goes on and on and includes many of my contemporaries and students as well.


Skip’s Famous Maine Workshops June 27-July 1, 2016

Workshop Details

Price: 1 week $550 – 2 weeks $950 (Deposit $200)

Contact Name: Skip Lawrence

Contact Phone: 240-626-1134

Contact Email:

Contact Website:

Pemaquid Point at New Harbor Maine
workshop headquarters is;
The Hotel Pemaquid
Bristol Road
New Harbor, Maine 04554

Start Date: June, 27 2016

End Date: July, 01 2016





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