T. Allen Lawson is drawn to the quieter side of life. Over time he has developed a discipline of patiently observing and studying the often unnoticed rhythms and subtleties of his surroundings. In his paintings he strives to build layers and textures with pigment to create the abstraction and nuanced depth he feels in nature and the world around him.


Born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming, the American West is an integral part of him. Tim studied drawing and portraiture at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He furthered his formal studies attending the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut. A lifelong student, his dedication to and love of his profession is always evolving as his interests and influences continue to challenge him.

T. Allen Lawson has won numerous awards including the 2017 Prix De West Purchase Award, and the Robert Lougheed Memorial Artists’ Choice Award, 2016 Directors’ Choice for Outstanding Landscape and the Robert Lougheed Memorial Artists’ Choice Award, both at the Prix de West; and the 2010 Founder’s Prize, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. In 2008, he was chosen by the President and First Lady to create the painting for the official White House Christmas card.

He lives with his wife and five children in Sheridan, Wyoming and Rockport, Maine.


His work is shown in public collections, including:

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY

Forbes Magazine Collection, New York, NY

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME


The Artist’s Magazine, January/February 2012

From “T. Allen Lawson: Nuances of White in Oil” in The Artist’s Magazine

[Excerpt]  “Though my work is representational, I always think in abstract terms when I’m designing a composition — not only to find a balance between the dark and light values, but also to find a balance of color temperatures. Though the snow may appear white, it’s rarely, if ever, a pure or absolute white. There are always subtle differences between the colors. Flake white is warmer than zinc white, and titanium white is slightly cooler than zinc white. And because of snow’s reflectivity, white has even more nuances: cool white, gray white, warm white, blue white, and so on. The infinite subtleties of snow are what make it so appealing to paint. Those same subtleties are what make it difficult to paint convincingly.”


American Art Collector – August 2011

From “T. Allen Lawson: Growth Rings” in  American Art Collector

“Once Lawson started painting the bark, a whole new style of painting was opened up to him as he began experimenting with new techniques and ways to create, on canvas, the texture he found in the bark.”     


The Christian Science Monitor – Dec. 24, 2008

From “The Artist who Created the White House Christmas Card” by Todd Wilkinson

“Tim Allen Lawson stood alone on the second-floor terrace, waiting for dusk to bathe the nation’s capital city in soft light. Down from Maine for the day, he hurriedly sketched the landscape before him with a 3B graphite pencil, distilling its essence so he could use it as research for an oil painting he would do later in his studio.”