Lawson was born into a family of artists. Her father Fred Lawson was 22 years older than her mother Muriel Metcalfe, both lived and painted in the small village of Castle Bolton, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. Lawson's love of the Yorkshire dales informs much of her work and the artistic community her parents cultured also fed her imagination. Lawson studied at Doncaster school of art in the 1950s and in 1955 gained a place at the Royal College of Art London. Graduating with First class honours she won a travelling scholarship to France and on her return was one of four young artists selected for John Schlesinger's BBC TV documentary "Private View" part of the Monitor series. In 1982 Sonia was elected a Royal Academician.
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