Mehl Lawson is an artist in three mediums – sculpture, braiding, and horses. He is an heir to the proud vaquero tradition of Old California – a dedicated disciple of the refined, subtle elegance of the Santa Barbara style that inspired the creative spirits of such men as Ed Borein and Louis Ortega.
There is the same kind of magic in the hands that shape the sculptor’s clay and his rawhide braiding as there is in the hands that hold the reins of a horse. Mehl is accomplished in both venues and brings to each a concentrated focus that produces horseback memories and sculptural images of pure grace and beauty.
Mehl excels at depicting the devotion between man and his horse, and his sculptures capture the spirit of the western buckaroo – the working men of the great California and Nevada ranches. He is happy to combine the world of horses with that of fine art and his rawhide braiding artistry.
His art has been presented the Remington award and the Express Ranch Great American Cowboy award at the Prix de West show held at the National Cowboy Hall and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City. He has received numerous gold and silver medals and “Best of Show” award at the Cowboy Artist of America show held at the Phoenix Art Museum. He was honored with the Thomas Moran Gold Medal in 1998 at the Masters of the American West show at the Gene Autry Museum.
Mehl has been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1982. In 2007, Mehl became a member of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association as a braider of rawhide horse gear. Mehl lives in Bonita, California.