SKB Artist Rendezvous & Workshop, Dubois, WY
Headwaters Arts & Conference Center
Sep 15-20, 2019


Rod Lawrence

Instructor – Oil/Acrylics


What I’ll be teaching? My workshops are very informal and relaxed. The common goal is to learn more about art and enhance our own creative efforts. That means you don’t even have to be a wildlife artist to participate, but wildlife is my main focus in my work. 

About the Artist

Rod Lawrence graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 1973. Since then he has been working full-time as a professional artist. His credits include being named the Michigan Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year in 1979 and the Michigan United Conservation Club’s Michigan Wildlife Artist of the Year in 1981. He has the winning designs for the 1981, 1987, 1992 and 1995 Michigan Trout Stamps. He had an unprecedented double win for both the 1995 Michigan Duck Stamp and 1995 Michigan Trout Stamp. His win for the 1983, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2002, & 2007 Michigan Duck Stamp makes him the only artist to have won ten Michigan stamp designs. He one of only two artist to win six Michigan Duck Stamps and one of only two artists to win four Michigan Trout Stamps. He is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists.

Lawrence has exhibited in many group and one-man shows, including the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s “Birds in Art” and “Wildlife: The artist’s View” shows. His art has appeared as covers, illustrations and features in many outdoor magazines. Three sets of limited edition collector plates also feature his work. He is an active instructor for artists’ workshops. Lawrence has written and illustrated four instructional books: “Painting Wildlife Textures” 1997 North Light Books (also released in a Chinese edition), “Painting Basics – Waterfowl & Wading Birds” 2000 North Light Books, and he co-authored “Wildlife” Walter Foster Publishing 2004. A revised version of this book authored entirely by Lawrence and featuring only his work titled “Animals” was released in 2009. His book “Painting Wildlife Textures” was updated and re-released as a “classic” by the publisher, North Light Books in 2011.

A log cabin in the hardwoods of northern Michigan, overlooking the North Branch of the Manistee River, is home for Lawrence and his family. The symbol preceding his signature in each of his painting shows the importance of his family in his work. The oddly shaped “S” is for his wife Susan (an accomplished basket weaver and instructor), and the “M” and “B” represent their sons, Matthew and Brett.