Lucy Hawkins Artist & Silversmith
I find inspiration in the natural world and outdoors. This could be my garden which is left wild to encourage insects and birds. Also in the landscape of the Southwest, Somerset and West Penwith in Cornwall. I find sanctuary on the banks of the Parrett, walking at Lamberts Castle, our coastline, peaceful green lanes, hedgerows and fields.
The act of making art and responding to the landscape - immersion in observing, thinking and decision making is a place of sanctuary - you can only be in that moment. I tune in to notice the light on a hillside, breeze through leaves and grasses, hear the birds, the buzzards circling overhead, the quiet pop of a fish coming to the surface on the Parrett or waves breaking on the shore. I hope to create a sense of these places in my painting through colour and expressive mark making.
I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Arts & Design, University of Dundee with a BA(Hons) Design, an MA at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and PGCE in Art and Design from Exeter University. I combine my art practice with teaching art 11–18 at a local secondary school in Beaminster, Dorset, workshops for adults and some art sessions for adults with learning differences at the fabulous Imagine, Learn & Create. I’ve learned a lot about art through teaching and the sanctuary art can provide for us all.
Recent exhibitions include the Evolver Prize 2022 at ACEarts Somerton and Sanctuary at the Royal United Hospital, Bath with SAW and Art at the Heart RUH.