Donna Hawkins - Visual Artist / Teacher about me
 

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My passion is to create works of art that touch people deeply. Guided by intuition, I represent both the physical and unseen worlds of our innermost fantasies and desires. The human face and the human condition fascinate me most. In portraits I aim to capture the essence of a personís spirit, their values, personal treasures and how they see the world.

Iíve been painting for over 40 years. Like many women, I had a young family and worked in other fields while maintaining my art practice - designing public murals, running art workshops and taking portrait commissions in my spare time.

In 2002, I came to an acceptance that my managerial career was not what made my soul sing and this led to a return to art school and the beginning of a new life. My first solo art exhibition was in 2005 at the Piece Gallery in Mullumbimby, NSW.

Since then, Iíve exhibited in a number of galleries and group shows through NSW and Qld. I live in Brisbane and enjoy teaching others to express themselves creatively, creating my own artworks and doing private commissions.

I am inspired by Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and my most recent artwork is somewhat surreal and very symbolic in nature.

Exhibitions

2008 Michel Sourgnes Fine Arts, Ascot (group exhibition)

2007 Padua Art Prize, Kedron

2006 Short Black Cafť, Stafford

2006 St Columbus Art Show, Wilston

2005 Bangalow A & I Hall, monthly exhibition

2005 Hang Up Gallery, Billinudgel

2005 Beginning Again, solo exhibition
Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby

2004 The Border Art Prize
Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah

2004 Private Fundraising Exhibition
Wilsonís Creek

2004 TORTE 2004 - Diploma Fine Art Graduate Exhibition
Lismore TAFE

2004 NCI TAFE Art Prize
Space Gallery, Lismore TAFE

2004 Twin Towns Art Prize
Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads

1999 Artistís Open Studios and Gardens
(in conjuction with the Braemar Gallery)
Springwood

1998 NINE
Braemar Gallery, Springwood

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