By Amy Abrams
For artist Charles Lawrance, life began smack-dab in the middle of New York City’s art scene at Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his mother’s water broke; a perfect start for this prodigy of painting. Charles was one of those brainiac kids rendering medieval warriors and dinosaurs, as well as winning art awards, while his peers drew stick figures alongside lopsided houses with one line of smoke curling from the chimney. Unlike many parents, who shower accolades on their artsy kids while sounding a message, loud and clear, to dabble all you wish but pursue a real career, Lawrance’s parents sincerely encouraged his passion. His childhood home in rural New York, where a thick forest and trout stream offered afternoons immersed in the marvels of nature, sparked him to revere and replicate the beauty and wonder of the natural world.
Today, the Annapolis artist features his paintings and prints celebrating nature on West Street, where his art studio hums with creative inspiration. Fusing decades of research to accurately depict animals and fish, as well as their land- and seascapes, with a flamboyant imagination, Lawrance cleverly juxtaposes incongruencies for a surrealistic style. “I want to create art that’s inspirational, but I’m also aiming to offer the viewer a new reality—to bend their mind,” he says.
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