Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Berkshire Artists
Artist: Thérèse Lawlor
Artist: Thérèse Lawlor
St. Laurence’s Churchyard, Reading
The church was built in 1121 by the Abbey for the people of Reading. It is steeped in history having been frequented by Queen Elizabeth I, who was even allotted a regular seat. During the English Civil War it was used as a temporary barracks by both sides of the conflict. Jane Austin worshipped here daily when she attended the school at the Abbey Gateway.
Sadly, considerable damage was done when two bombs were dropped nearby during World War II. The bombs also damaged the ornate façade of the building, occupied by Blandy and Blandy, solicitor. The solicitors are ranked as the 25th oldest law firm in the country and the offices were once the site of a leper house dating from the middle ages. (It was restored after the war and its lighted windows cast a warm glow on the graveyard in the painting).
Image Size: 48cm x 48cm
Art Medium: Mixed Media
Painting Price: £175
Contact The Artist
About The Artist
Thérèse has lived in Reading for over 30 years and uses the town and her allotment as two of the inspirations for her work.
She develops paintings from sketches she makes on location and some of the scenes captured become greeting cards, with the history of the place on the back. Some of her work has represented Reading with its twin town of Dusseldorf and she has been commissioned to depict many local buildings for promotions or as presents. She is very happy to discuss commissions.
Enjoy this video of Thérèse Lawlor in her studio letting us know about her cards available at Reading Museum and showing us examples of her wonderful concertina books. You can use the controls on the video to enlarge it to full screen size.
'My cards carry the history of the image on the front in the case of local places, or recipes on the back of my food pictures, or gardening advice on my allotment cards.'
Art Group / Exhibitions
Thérèse is a member of the Reading Guild of Artists, Woodley and Earley Arts Group, Reading Urban Sketchers and Mixed Media Monday Group. She exhibits at Whiteknights Studio Trail, The Henley Arts Trail and at many local arts events in Berkshire.