Lee Lawson’s gifts as an artist are evident not only in her superb technical skills, nor only in the ethereal palette she creates for her works. Even more so, her gifts derive from an ability that is older than time; the ability to envision. She has clear memory of things that dance, hide, misbehave, dream, sleep, appear and disappear in the human psyche.
In myths and dreams, the unconscious, both collective and personal, is often symbolically portrayed as a great body of water. Lee Lawson’s work clearly reflects those oceans that surge and thrive beneath our mundane consciousness. She is as much shape changer as she is artist: A human being one movement, a sea creature the next.
Only the person who navigates the interior life on a regular basis can consistently bring such spare but evocative images to canvas. Her work most richly viewed with both outer and inner seeing, testifies to the fact that she is a rare artist especially skilled in bringing to the surface mysterious, yet clearly stated, first-person accounts of the deep, imagined world.
Because the healing process itself is archetypal, other people with similar soul needs may participate in the healing aspects as viewers -- as those drinking from a deep well. The artist digs the well, and all who thirst after that water may drink. The process of making a work of art is that of creating a center around which the energies and forces of the larger life of the soul gather. Thus, the process, and the painting itself, begins to heal the split, the lack of connection with the divine, which is the root of all disease.