Jane Lawson
Norman, Oklahoma, USA
While studying undergraduate Art at Cardiff University in South Wales in the UK, I was also working part time on a Welsh Hill farm. Here I was out in all weathers looking after welsh ponies and acting as shepherdess to the flock of sheep that continued a life long passion in ovine art. After gaining a BA in Textile Design at one of the premier Universities in England (Winchester School of Art); I gained the Adult Education Teachers Certificate and the General Teaching Certificate qualifying me to teach both adults and children alike.
I have worked as an ‘Artist in Residence’ and as a Teacher of Art and Design in Schools and Community Colleges in England and Wales before moving to Oklahoma in 2005 with my husbands job as Professor of Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma. I now teach children and adults, both at the Firehouse Arts Center and local schools here in Norman. An extension of this are my classes for instructors "how to teach art" and themed art parties for children and adults alike. In addition I also frequently undertake commissions and over the past ten years my work has become part of many collections both here in the USA and abroad. To this end I was very proud to be named as a finalist in the inaugural International Biennale held at the National Weather Center, Norman in April 2013. This was a joint event between the National Weather Center and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma as well as the Norman Arts Council.