John Andrew Lawn
Published 5:48 pm, Monday, October 4, 2010
John Andrew ("Andy") Lawn, a watercolor painter and book illustrator for more than five decades, died Oct. 1, 2010, in Norwalk Hospital.
A signature member of the American Watercolor Society and a resident of the Southport section of Fairfield since the late 1950s, he was known for realistic portrayals of mid-century southern Connecticut scenes, as well as representations of religious and philosophical themes.
Born in DuBois, Pa., he was the son of the late Andrew and Ermine Lawn. He was a graduate of DuBois High School and served as a U.S. Navy signal man during World War II. Following his return, he married Cordelia McMahon, a registered nurse from Ridgeway, Pa., and they moved to New York City. There, he attended the Parson School of Design and the Art Student's League. He initially worked for the U.S. Army Signal Corps in its art department, then became a freelance illustrator whose work appeared in publications such as "Gourmet," "The Reporter," "Catholic Digest" and "Harper's." He also illustrated children's books.
After moving to Southport in 1958, he joined the faculty of Famous Artists Schools in Westport, where he worked for nearly two decades while also continuing freelance work.
Lawn also developed an interest in watercolor painting, creating large watercolor paintings and small sketches of famous Southport and Fairfield scenes, such as the original Sasco Mill, Perry's Green, the Southport boatyard and the region's train stations. His paintings are held in several public and private art collections, and he received awards for his work.
He is survived by two sons and their wives, John B. and Beth Lawn of Hudson, Ohio, and Dennis A. and Bea Lawn of Hollister, Calif.; two daughters, Patricia A. Lawn of Southport and Barbara M. Naldony and her husband, Edward, of Fairfield; five grandchildren, Katherine, Sarah and Christopher Lawn, and Matthew and Patrick Naldony; a sister, Elizabeth Aungst of Buffalo, N.Y.; and two brothers, William Lawn of Clarks Summit, Pa., and Bernard Lawn of Lakeview, N.Y. He was predeceased by his wife and by James Lawn of Dubois, Pa.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday in St. Luke's Church, Westport. Burial with military honors was in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. To send an online condolence, visit www.shaughnesseybanks.com.