Mehl Lawson is 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. He is an artist in two mediums - sculpture and horses. He 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 combines the world of horses with that of fine art, and it was this skillful combination that got him elected to the Cowboy Artists of America in 1982. He served as President of that organization in 1998. He has been presented the Remington Award at the Prix de West Show held at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, and has received numerous gold, silver and "Best of Show' awards at the CAA Show held at the Phoenix Art Museum. Mehl Lawson was honored in 1998 with the Thomas Moran Medal at the Masters of the American West show at the Gene Autry Museum.