The year 2019 was a milestone for landscape artist Lawrence Coulson as he embarked on a UK-wide tour to launch his new collection and book, aptly titled Celebration. Marking an impressive 20 years with our publisher Washington Green, the body of work cements his reputation as one of our best-loved artists.
We caught up with the self-taught painter to find out about his new home, live-painting events and dinner with Prince Philip.
Why do you think your art has resonated so much with our collectors?
People tell me they buy my art for an escape. They are trapped in offices or away from nature, and if I can transport them somewhere else, even briefly, then I’ve done my job.
How has your technique changed over the years?
Now I’m using all kinds of materials to create different marks. Cocktail sticks are great for meticulously scratching in detail and individual blades of grass, while palette knives add texture.
Why do you paint using oils?
Oil-based materials give me lustre, depth, warmth and tone. I also apply layers of pastel colour to add softness. Along with using very soft brushes, my hands and fingers are vital for moving the paint around, pushing one tone into another. I love this hands-on approach.”
Why are your live-painting events so important to you?
At my live shows, clients get a glimpse of a growing idea evolving on the panel. I work quite quickly to give them more of a chance to see an emerging piece.
You’ve recently moved house. How has this inspired your new work?
I feel a very spiritual connection with my surroundings – not just the sights, but the sounds and smells. The landscape here in rural South Lincolnshire is a mixture of farmland, pasture and dense woodland. I can walk out into huge vistas with towering skies, or absorb myself in silent trees and foliage.
Tell us more about dinner with Prince Philip!
This came about through an invitation from Washington Green’s co-founder, Paul Green. A fundraising dinner was held at Holyrood Palace in 2006. It was quite an intimate affair – around 100 guests or so – so I felt hugely privileged to attend.
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