Nancy Lawton (1950–2007), artist, began using silverpoint in 1985. Already an accomplished graphite artist, she quickly grasped the unique virtues of the medium, which was more widely used during the Renaissance than today. She also saw the potential of combining it with graphite or even sparingly applied acrylic color. The complex effects of her multimedia approach are particularly notable in recent portraits. Lawton was also adept at botanical drawing. Today, her drawings are part of the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY.