LINDA F. HAWKINS
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About Linda F. Hawkins:
Linda has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Tidewater Community College with a major in media advertising arts, and pursued a career in advertising. However, her true love has always been fine art, and she has continued to draw and paint throughout her stint as an Art Director. In 2006 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Florida. Today, Linda works in various media, but chooses watercolor, acrylic and collage most often, creating anything from realistic works to abstracts to murals and floorcloths.
She has attended many classes, demonstrations, seminars and workshops with world reknown artists such as Pat San Souci, Polly Hammett, Nicolas Simmons, Cheng-Khee Chee, Tony Couch, David Daniels, Leslie Riley, Jessie Reno, Michael de Meng, Claudine Helmuth, Misty Mawn. In addition, Linda has studied with nationally known artists Louise Freshman Brown, Jennie Chi, David Dewy, Raymond Gaddy, Kyle Keith, Paul Ladnier, Pat Lusk, Robert Parnell, Carole Wilen, Lela Streett, Carolynn Mann, Suzanne McCollough Plowden and many others.
Her career as a graphic designer began in 1974, working at various advertising agencies in Norfolk & Virginia Beach, Virginia. While living there, Linda was a member of the Virginia Beach Arts Center and exhibited in its member’s shows. After moving to Hilton Head Island, SC in 1984, Linda built her own advertising business while caring for her newborn son, Robert, providing her clients with art from concept to finish. Linda used her advertising skills for the Hilton Head Art League as their Public Relations Coordinator and showed her art work in the member’s gallery and the annual Evening for the Arts in 1986 and 1987. Moving to Charleston, SC in 1988, she became a member of the South Carolina Watercolor Society, the Gibbes Museum Art Center and the Bethune Arts Center, exhibiting there as well.
In 1996, Linda moved to Dahlonega, GA, where she was the President of the Dahlonega Art League, and showed in the Annual Members Shows as well as the Greater Hall Summer Artfest in Gainesville, GA, during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She was also the membership secretary for the Georgia Watercolor Society and a member of the Atlanta Artist Club, exhibiting in both groups.
Linda now calls Jacksonville, FL home, where she lives with her husband, Michael and their 2 Poodles and an Italian Greyhound. She is a member of The Jacksonville Watercolor Society, The Florida Watercolor Society, SoMMA (The Society of Mixed Media Artists), The St. Augustine Art Center, the Art Guild of Orange Park, Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts, Jacksonville Artists guild, The Art Center Cooperative, The National Watercolor Society and the National Collage Society.
Linda F. Hawkins’s work:
“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” – Robert Fulghum
Robert Fulghum’s quote expresses my philosophy on life almost perfectly. But I must add laugh some, love some, give some and pray some. Without these components I could not survive nor make sense of this crazy, complicated and amazing world we live in.
I create because I must. This is my gift and to allow it to sit fallow would be an affront to the God who created me and gave me the talent, desire and ability to be creative. There are many stories to tell and I will do them through my art work. While I have held this belief in my heart all of my life, I have only just begun to listen to the small voice that asks me to come to the edge and follow the path I had always wanted to take.
Linda is inspired by the beauty and gifts of nature around her whether at home, on the St. Johns River or traveling the Caribbean Islands. Her favorite subjects are what she calls “God’s Little Treasures”, the things we often pass by during our busy day without seeing. It helps her remember to take time to smell the roses each day and to savor and be thankful for each moment shared with the world the Lord has created for our pleasure.
For further information on Linda F. Hawkins, visit: http://lindafhawkins.com/