Erica Hawkes, a contemporary painter from Kelowna, British Columbia, is known for her warm, modern landscape paintings: colourful scenes rendered in geometric shapes and lines. Her works express a distinct aesthetic in their vistas, luminous colours, and boldly contoured shapes.
Erica Hawkes - New Horizons
Date and place of birth
Born in 1975, Erica Hawkes grew up in the countryside around Prince George, in northern British Columbia, surrounded by open spaces and nature. Today, she lives in Kelowna, Okanagan Valley with her husband and two children.
Her education, her career
Erica studied design at the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver, Colorado. Years later, she continued her studies in Vancouver and graduated with a degree in fashion design. For the past 20 years she has worked in book illustration, portraiture, art education and photography. She has worked in a variety of mediums including graphite, watercolor, India ink and oil paint before finally settling on acrylic paint. Erica is well known for her landscape paintings: colourful scenes powerfully rendered with geometric shapes and lines. She now works full time as a professional artist and her work is currently exhibited in various galleries across Canada.
Her work, her art
Largely self-taught, Erica owes her unique style to a variety of influences. Most of her body of work is painted in a style she has dubbed "New 7", which pays homage to the Group of Seven. She is also inspired by the organic sinuous lines and curves of the Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and has affinities with Cubism and Japanese Minimalism. These influences give Erica's landscapes a modern, contemporary feel with a touch of nostalgia.
The artist's work expresses a very personal aesthetic with its perspectives, bright colours and boldly contoured forms. Rolling mountains, silky clouds and reflective bodies of water are immortalized in highly angular or elegantly sinuous expanses of color. Erica's paintings have an inherent luminosity that immediately draws and captures the audience's attention.
Erica Hawkes strives to infuse her passion for nature and the beauty that surrounds us into each work:
" I want every detail to add, rather than take away, from the painting, so I look to do better with less. I focus more on the balance between light and dark and the overall harmony of each painting. I do my best to captivate the audience with bold colors and shapes. My goal is to catch your eye and make it travel through the painting, hoping to evoke a sense of peace or happiness. »
Erica Hawkes is represented by the Galerie d'art Au P'tit Bonheur since March 2020, exclusively for Quebec.