Nan Lawrence Paintings
Exhibited March 2010

            "What's the best time to see the Wildflowers?" is possibly the most commonly asked question fielded by staff and volunteers here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.  March and April -- that's the answer, and during March of 2010 visitors enjoyed an art gallery exhibit timed with the season -- in fact Apache Junction painter Nan Lawrence's lively depiction of flowers seen at right bears the title "Celebration of Spring." Lawrence was our guest with a solo exhibition of her works for the month.

       "Whether I am in Arizona, Northern California, the National Parks or traveling elsewhere, I am inspired by the contrasting landscapes, flowers, birds and wildlife of each location. It might be a flower bursting forth on a Prickly Pear Cactus; it might be Yosemite’s Half Dome in the distance. Each watercolor painting reflects my joy of ‘seeing’ in the moment. My occasional abstract painting undoubtedly is influenced by my past professional life,"
said Lawrence.

       A few of her pieces should be familiar to Boyce Thompson Arboretum annual members -- such as the Drover's Shed, shown below, and the nearby windmill seen in the image at left.

       "When I was a child, I doodled. And I doodled. No paper border escaped my flurry of lines and circles and arcs -- and anything else I could think of to fill this blank space. I dreamed of being an artist. I even sent away an application to an Art School that had applicants copy drawings and create designs which determined if you qualified to attend their art school."

        "Life in the real world became my focus and I didn’t pursue art until a short bout with ceramics and pottery. I loved working with clay, but my back didn’t agree! I returned to computer work and engineering until retirement here in Arizona, where I took a class in watercolor painting from a local artist. Six years later I love what I am doing, attend workshops to hone my skills and delight in working with watercolors."       

Lawrence has attended workshops at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and also the Sedona Art Center, saying "these new skills have contributed to my putting on paper what I feel while painting—feeling the emotion. It feels like a gift to see the excitement in others when they experience the magic of watercolors."

          All paintings displayed will be available for purchase. In addition to framed original watercolors, prints and notecards will also be available. Framed paintings range in price from $40 to $195.

       Correspond with the artist by email to: or call Lawrence at 480-215-2122 or write to Lawrence c/o #86, 201 East Southern Avenue, Apache Junction, AZ, 85119. More of the artist's work can be seen at

     Boyce Thompson Arboretum is at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, a drive of about 45 minutes due East of Mesa. January visitors are admitted from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Arboretum closes at 5:00 p.m. ( summer month hours are daily from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) New exhibits begin each month and may be seen daily during business hours; the Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where our gallery is found. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit. Review other recent gallery shows from...

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