The following is from Peter Kostoulakos, AOA, NEAA: Fine Art Consultant, www.pkart.com
Beverly Janet Barrows Lawson (1933-2009)
Beverly Janet (Barrows) Lawson, an accomplished oil painter of portraits, landscapes and miniatures, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on October 9, 1933 and died in February of 2009 while residing in Arvada, Colorado. Beverly went through the Lowell school system and graduated from Lowell High School where she excelled in art. Later, she continued her art education at Lowell Technological Institute (currently named the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
After graduating from college, Beverly was able to continue her studies with Thomas Charles Leighton (1913 - 1977) and Patricia Frey in San Francisco. Leighton taught still life and figure drawing and painting in an academic manner: line and tone cast drawings in charcoal for several years and then umber and white value painting before students could move on to full color oils.
Working under a magnifying glass, Beverly painted over one thousand oil miniatures and sold over nine hundred of them. Some of her miniatures were as small as a postage stamp yet as detailed as her much larger pieces. Beverly loved working in oils and, it has been stated that she only worked in this medium.
Beverly was a member of the Arvada Fine Arts Guild in CO and served as its president for five years. She was signature artist of NOAPS (National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society) in Osage Beach, MO. She exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and various galleries in Europe.
References: Lowell Sun, Lowell, MA, obituary, February 16, 2009.
Peter Kostoulakos, AOA, NEAA — Fine Art Consultant