David has also had the opportunity to study with several of today’s most renowned artists including portraiture with Cedric and Joanette Egeli. After studying with the Egeli’s he continued his education at the Art Students League in New York City. Believing that continuous study is essential to perfecting technique, David still attends workshops with outstanding artists such as Albert Handell, a master pastelist who has had significant influence on David’s art. 

It is David’s belief that each medium has their own strengths and weaknesses and it is only by working with various ones will you fully understand how to maximize a particular mediums strengths. For example working in watercolor offers unique opportunities that are hard to achieve in any other medium.

Although he has worked in several mediums over the years, David currently exhibits both his oils and soft pastels often incorporating watercolor as the underpainting for his pastels. David particularly enjoys the immediate gratification of pastels and the richness that can be achieved with oils. David believes that portraits, still life, and plein air painting each offer a unique challenge which enhances his 

David’s work has been featured in several magazines such as the American Artist, The Pastel Journal and The Artist Magazine. He is a past president of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters and the Maryland Pastel Society, as well as a member of several organizations such as the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and The Pastel Society of America. He continues to exhibit his work in national competitions where he has received numerous awards.

David Lawton's Classes This Season

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    In this three-week class, students will explore various ways to approach the portrait. Both a tonal approach and a full chromatically colored technique will be taught. Students will explore various ways to start a portrait as well as all aspects in setting up and designing the composition. Working from live models students will learn how to see and recognize the planes of the face that are essential in being able to paint a portrait. Some key points that will be covered are proper measuring techniques, color mixing, paint application (thick and thin) and edge quality hard and soft edges. Instruction will be both general and specific geared to the specific level that the student has attained. A critical tool in this form of instruction is the critique; students will be encouraged to participate at the end of each session in a group critique. Model fee TBA. For more information, please contact the instructor at davidlawton575@gmail.com Instructor’s website: www.davidlawtonfineart.com students are not required to attend Portrait Painting in Oil-Session I in order to participate in this second session.

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