Lawrence Rich began his art career studying Graphic Design along with many hours spent in live studio drawing classes learning to capture the human form quickly and confidently. Although his knowledge of composition, colour, and form came from the classroom, most of his practical training came from many formative years producing mural art and working on restoration projects such as the Winnipeg landmark Hotel Fort Garry and a restored 17th century Royal Coat of Arms.
This time period he considers his true trial-by-fire instruction and training through large commercial projects employing a team of artists. He learned basic traditional methods often working alongside craftspeople skilled in old world techniques such as gilding. This is the type of education one cannot buy in a classroom. Nor is it the standard route of emerging artists. It was a unique and intense period of active learning through invaluable opportunities.
Through all these years of intense work at the commercial level, Lawrence gradually began to combine these "street" skills with his graphic design and drawing studies evolving a personal style for art on canvas. He has now made a living as a full time artist for over 25 years producing thousands of pieces shown in local galleries such as Winnipeg's Birchwood Gallery, Gallery Lacosse and expanding into a more national presence across Canada such as Webster Gallery in Calgary. His work is regularly showcased by high quality Winnipeg home builders.
He's been invited to participate in international group shows such as Ferrara Italy in 2012 and was selected as a Golden sponsored artist by Golden Paints of New York to represent their product as an educator in Manitoba.
Some of the success Lawrence has enjoyed over the years, he returns to the community, as emerging artists fill his teaching workshops. His experience has earned him the respect of local artists, enough to have him judge several Interlake juried art shows. He donates pieces to many worthy fund raising causes such as the Canadian Cancer Society and Winnipeg Humane Society and various other arts and cultural groups.
Lawrence continues to play jazz guitar and sing part time in various formats at small venues around Winnipeg and the Manitoba Interlake. His approach to music follows the same lines as his art; expressive, creative and personal with an emphasis on space, and vitality.