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Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Lawrie is a self-taught artist whose unique drawing style has developed through his years working as a technical draftsman in British Columbia’s civil service.
In 1987, life experiences caused the artist to focus inward, seeking ways of self expression. From this point on, his own style of pointillism and line drawing has been developing. He has always fostered an interest in the arts and has been encouraged through the artistic community. In the early 90’s, Dignan apprenticed with a stained glass artisan who would become his mentor. This relationship had a very positive influence on Lawrie. It encouraged and supported his natural creative energies and gave him the confidence to explore his own direction in drafting and design. That experience, coupled with his years spent as a technical draftsman has strongly influenced the stylization of his landscape works…

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  • Born on May 14
  • Joined May 25, 2009

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techhnical pens and acryllic inks

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About

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Lawrie is a self-taught artist whose unique drawing style has developed through his years working as a technical draftsman in British Columbia’s civil service.
In 1987, life experiences caused the artist to focus inward, seeking ways of self expression. From this point on, his own style of pointillism and line drawing has been developing. He has always fostered an interest in the arts and has been encouraged through the artistic community. In the early 90’s, Dignan apprenticed with a stained glass artisan who would become his mentor. This relationship had a very positive influence on Lawrie. It encouraged and supported his natural creative energies and gave him the confidence to explore his own direction in drafting and design. That experience, coupled with his years spent as a technical draftsman has strongly influenced the stylization of his landscape works.
The contrast of natural and technical is very apparent in Dignans’ pieces. The subject matter is derived in part from photographs, natural landscapes and life experience which are then rendered into his own stylized reflections. The pen and ink pieces become a filtration of those influences and like the artist, express a freedom and emotion that is orderly and controlled. Trees take on an architectural essence while the organic forms merge effortlessly with the hard-edged elements on the paper surface.
Lawrie has participated in numerous juried art shows across the province, and was awarded a solo show in Fort St. John at the B.C. festival of the Arts in 2001. His work hangs in private collections worldwide.

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