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Known for her portrait and figurative impressionist paintings in oils, acrylic, watercolors and pastels, the artist also produced paintings of landscapes in France, Spain, Venice, Canada, Mexico and Panama.

Born 1941: Pauline Margaret Arnold,  Ilford, Essex, UK to Ivy Elizabeth Arnold (nee Lawrence) and Leslie Thomas William Arnold. 
Married 1961 to Brian Richard Clack. Two children: Samantha Louise Clack 1971 and Anthony Richard David Clack 1974

Divorced 1998: Changed name to Arnold-Lawrence

Remarried: William Edgar Martens 2000

Educated to Diploma level at the Harrow College of Art, England with a Post Graduate course at the West Kensington School of Design.  Apprenticeship with advertising agency Foote Cone and Belding, London.  Private studies with Frances Bacon, Dennis Syrett, Ken Paine, Tom Coates, Moira Huntly.

Adopted the name  “Podi” in the late 1970’s using that as a signature for her paintings from that date.

Originally known professionally in the UK as Pauline “Podi” Clack until 1998, then as “Podi Lawrence” or Pauline ‘Podi’ Lawrence.  Officially changed her name in 1998 to Pauline Margaret Arnold-Lawrence.

1954-55 Foundation course Harrow College of Art,
1956 accepted by the Royal College of Art, London, UK
1958 Further education West Kensington School of Design, London, UK. 
1972 to 1989 Studied with Francis Bacon; RA., Donald Hamilton-Fraser, RA., Tom Coates, PS, PP,  Ken Paine, PP and Moira Huntley PP.

Nominated for the Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Awards 2006
Honourable mention - Society of Canadian Artists : 2004
Selected by Prince Charles for Nationwide competition – "Discerning Eye" 1997 UK
Prize winner – Contemporary Portrait Society, London, England - 1996
Prize winner – Logos Gallery London, England 1995
Bronze Medal – Salon De Paris 1994 France. Accepted for a further 3 years.

2000—06 : Photographs & editorial in The Record Newspaper, the Waterloo Chronicle, and the Toronto Star

Appeared on CTV: Final Round with Brant Henson.

Rogers: Daytime Television (Rogers): four interviews,

Grand River Living programme in 2006.  Interview and film painting a portrait of the presenter Anneliese Pennycook.

Prior to 2000: work was included in the Readers Digest publication Drawing the Figure and British art magazine publications, The Artist & Illustrator and the Leisure Painter.

Selected Commissions:
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra: illustrations for advertising campaign.
University of Waterloo, Faculty of Mathematics: Portrait of David Cheriton.
Perimeter Institute: October 2005 illustrations for the Einstein Festival & sketches of musicians.
Contemporary Dance Studio: illustrations of dancers for publication
K-W Bilingual School: sketches of young musicians
Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival: sketches & paintings for the annual Jazz Festival since 2001
K-W Symphony: paintings  and sketches of the musicians
Habitat for Humanity: sketches and paintings of a “house build”  and fund raising Golf tournament.
Paintings provided for the fund-raising of K-W Symphony, K-W Art Gallery, Habitat for Humanity and others.
Portrait of Sir Ian Gainsford – commissioned by Kings College Hospital, London UK

Illustrations for catalogues, books and brochures.

North American Activities:
2007  Solo exhibition: Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener
2007  Juried show: Llewellyn Alexander Fine Art, London, UK
2006  Juried Group Show of Arts & Letters members at Rochester, New York
2006  founder and Coordinator of ArtBites Gallery, an artist run establishment in Waterloo
2006  Selected for Juried show of Arts & Letters members in Rochester NY
2006  Juried exhibitor in the first Waterloo Arts Festival.
2006  Juried exhibitor in the Toronto Artspace, Queen West Exhibition.
2006  Initiator of exhibition space in the Sound Factory Music School, Waterloo
2005/6  solo exhibitor at KW—Bilingual School
2004  Selected for the 10 year celebration for the Rotunda Gallery, City of Kitchener
2004  Juried artist at the Junction Arts Festival, Toronto
2004  Honourable Mention, Juried Annual Open Exhibition - Society of Canadian Artists
2004  Solo exhibition at Clarica/Sunlife Insurance, Waterloo
2004  Solo exhibition at The Arts & Letters Club, Toronto
2003  Juried Colour and Form Society, Toronto
2003  Juried first biennial at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
2002  Solo Exhibition Art Bar - Centre in the Square, Kitchener
2002  Solo Exhibition Clarica head-office, Waterloo
2001  Solo Exhibition Kor Gallery & Studios, Kitchener
2001  Solo Exhibition Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Kitchener in November
2001  Elected signatory member of Institut Des Arts Figuratif, Quebec
1999  Solo exhibition at Double T Gallery, Waterloo.
1999-2006  Several joint exhibitions at the Arts & Letters Club, Toronto

United Kingdom and Europe:
1995/6/7: Selected for Salon de Refusé, Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, and London.
1996-1999: President and founding member of the Bassetsbury Group
1995/6: juried show at the Gloucester Cathedral
1994-98: accepted at the Salon de Paris: awarded Bronze Medal in 1994
1994: Solo Exhibition at Luxters Fine Art, Henley
1993-1995: President of the Buckinghamshire Art Society
1993: Resident Artist with the English National Ballet, London. England
1992: Featured artist in "The Face Fits", Milton Keynes
1991-95: Resident Artist at Wycombe Swan Theatre, England
1991 to 1996: Juried shows & guest artist in Germany and France .
1983-2000:  Exhibited with the following juried shows: Royal Society of Painters in Oils, Discerning Eye Exhibition; Contemporary Portrait Society of London; Logos Art Gallery, London; Luxters Fine Art Gallery, Henley;Society of United Artists; Society of British Painters; Society of Women Artists; Association of British Artists; Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London; Buckinghamshire Art Society; Bassetsbury Group; Annual Wooburn Arts Festival; 1989 - 1999 - 10 solo exhibitions in England

Public Collections:
Wycombe Chair Museum and Gallery
Wycombe Swan Theatre
English National Ballet
Arts & Letters Club of Toronto
Kelkheim City Council
Denham Parish Council

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