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Florian Kenneth Lawton
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Birth: unknown
Death: Jan. 11, 2011

Florian Kenneth Lawton made watercolors of regional Amish and sold them around the world.

Lawton died Jan. 11 at Aurora Manor at age 89.

Professor Henry Adams of Case Western Reserve University curated Lawton's second retrospective show at Youngstown's Butler Institute of American Art last year. In the catalog, he wrote, "Florian Lawton had a gentle touch, and excelled in the rendering of subtle winter scenes. He also had special affinity for the Amish, whose customsappealed to his sense of enduring values, and his drawings and watercolors of Amish subjects are remarkable not only in visual terms but for their value as a cultural and historical record."

Lawton was raised in Garfield Heights by a family without artists but showed early interest. . He graduated from Garfield Heights High School, the Huntington Polytechnic Institute and what became the Cleveland Institute of Art.

During World War II, he made topographical maps in the Pacific for the Army Air Corps. He also decorated airplanes and tanks with pictures of scantily clad women.

After the war he lived in Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Moreland Hills and Aurora. He made friends with Amish people in Geauga County, Holmes County and Pennsylvania. Some who shunned photographs let him depict them, and a few studied drawing with him.

Lawton found many other subjects, from Cleveland streets to a quail hunt. His works belong to the White House, Fortune 500 companies, museums and more around the world. He also illustrated many local calendars and holiday cards, once depicting his bearded son, Kenneth, as Jesus.

Lawton liked to fish and golf. He belonged to the Rotary and to a group of convivial watercolorists who call themselves the Whiskey Painters of America.

Bishop Anthony Pilla, who studied painting with Lawton, will preside at a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Stroud-Lawrence is handling his arrangements. Survivors include his wife, the former Lois Mari Ondrey, their four children and seven grandchildren.
 
 
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Created by: Melissa R.
Record added: Feb 06, 2011
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