The name "Podi" (which is of Greek origin) was given to her by fellow artists when at college and she adopted it as her signature in the late 70's. Early in her career as a painter she was known as Pauline "Podi" Clack but later changed to Podi Lawrence. Her paintings and drawings are signed 'Podi'.
Lawrence attended the Harrow School of Art foundation course, and a course in Jewellery Design at the RCA and further commercial design at the West End Drawing School and started her career in marketing and publicity. She later attended workshops and classes by admired members of the Federation of British Artists. Over the past few years she has spent time in France, Canada and Panama both teaching and exhibiting. She became sought after for her portraits, figurative scenes and landscape paintings and went on to exhibit in Europe & the Americas winning many commissions.