Ann E. Lawton is an artist, art therapist, and art educator.
Ann is a mixed media fine artist with formal training in printmaking and photography. The artist finds that the application of paper, drawing, and paint forgiving; allowing her to add and subtract elements as necessary to investigate the essence of everyday experiences and circumstances. Visual expression and the process of art making allows the perspective to transform random, seemingly meaningless events into contemplated moments of significance. The splices of paper and washes of paint in the artwork try to visually blend the balance between spontaneity and structure, yet also serve as the symbolic mirror of the constant swell and swale of finding that balance in the artist's personal and professional life.
Since 2011, Ann has been an art therapist and has worked with a variety of populations in the St. Croix Valley of Western Wisconsin and Minnesota. Her clinical work is diverse in populations, which include clients living respectively with depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma. Regardless of the specific therapeutic needs, Ann has been witness to the power of art therapy through working with clients and providing them with the opportunity to participate in the innate life force of healing through creativity.
Ann has taught in the art department at the University of Wisconsin--River Falls since 2011. She teaches classes such as design foundations, drawing courses, freshman seminar, introduction to art therapy, and honor seminar. She was awarded the 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching at UWRF.