Charlotte Lockwood (1916-2010)
Charlotte Lockwood was a noted artist in the Boston area. A native of New England, she graduated from Jackson College (Tufts) as a science major. Her interest in art began during World War II when she trained in art therapy in order to teach paraplegics. She studied under various artists both in Rockport Mass and in the Boston area as well as studying art history at Wellesley College.
She taught art through the Golub-Lockwood Studio in Newton and than on her own at Lockwood Studio for over 40 years. She had 100s of loyal students who remained in her classes for many years, always encouraged regardless of their level of experience. Each student received individual instruction and attention. Explaining that the first mark on the canvas is not just the beginning but a building vehicle for an exciting journey, she relieved the stress and challenge of the blank slate. She enriched the lives of so many and some went on to become professional artists themselves.
Charlotte Lockwood was a member of the Newton Art Association and an associate member of the Rockport Art Association. She was an eminently qualified art historian, teacher, lecturer and painter. Her style, creative realism, was modern and free in approach. Ms. Lockwood was inventive in her choice of subjects and in her use of different mediums including watercolors, oil, casein and pastel. She explored printmaking and hand-papermaking in her work and was always interested in pushing herself to create from within.
Her work has been exhibited at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA; Heritage Museum, Sandwich MA; MIT; Thieme Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida; Kingston Gallery, Boston MA and the Naoussa Gallery in the Berkshires as well as London and Brazil. It can be found in private and public collections throughout the world.
In the 1980’s she began an in-depth study of the subject of duck decoys. This influenced her to become one of the few women artists in the state who painted decoys and competed in the Duck Stamp Competition of Massachusetts beginning in 1991 and continuing for 8 years. From this experience along with her life-long love of water, natural beauty and the earth, she co-wrote and illustrated a children’s book, Jamie and the Ducks of August with Helene Tischler. Self-published, Ms. Lockwood went on to promote this book to schools and libraries as a tale of generational relationships and wildlife conservation.
A lifelong learner, Ms. Lockwood never stopped exploring the connection between the sciences and art both of which were her passions. To quote Lockwood:
Art is life with no boundaries, freedom of expression.
Art balanced science
Pay more attention to the act of creating than the result
Selected works from the exhibit are shown in the gallery below. Call the Falmouth Art Center at 508-540-3304 for purchase inquiries.