Claude Lawrence did not begin his career as a visual artist but as a musician. Between 1960-1980 he played the saxophone in various shows around the country. It wasn't until 1987 that Claude became a full-time painter.
He is a self-taught artist, having learned everything he knows from experimentation and attending museums and galleries. Asked about artists who influenced him he said he studied all the painters in books, including Picasso to Basquiat, and looking at art.
Lawrence's abstract, modernistic paintings are luscious and textured with acrylic paint. His works on canvas exhibit his discipline and the studied movement of his Marshall Arts training.