Angela Hawkey

Art has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was first introduced to oil painting by my Grandfather, who was an extremely talented landscape artist.

Growing up, art is what gave me confidence, made me feel relaxed and challenged me at the same time, I guess that’s why I kept creating and still love it today.

Artworks that uplift and make you happy are what we all need to be surrounded by. This influences my artwork and even when painting a dark or doomy painting, I like it to also offer a glimpse of hope or light.

Having a strong heritage in the arts, I explored many art mediums; but my two passions are oil palette knife painting and photography. Being a photographer and an artist allows me to really notice those little glimpses of beauty that are often missed. I like to embellish on that. A tiny hint of the ocean through the scrub can turn into a paradise oasis through a cottage garden or gum trees.

I draw my inspiration from personal memories, photos taken on my travels, and photos taken by other talented photographers that I admire. Sometimes a combination of all three, as well as a bit of imagination. I take a messy, and free flowing approach to my art. Even when starting with a subject or idea in mind, I freely deviate from the plan. I love the unexpected surprises and naturalness that come from a relaxed style of painting.

My paintings use an abundance of paint – I can’t have too much paint on the canvas. Thick, buttery paint layered on with a palette knife gives it that extra dimension. People often like to touch my art, and I love that.

Colourful Australian Landscapes with a dash of pink and highly textured still life and floral garden paintings are a great love of mine, but I am always trying new things which helps my style to keep evolving.

You can can find my artworks in private collections in the US, UK and Australia.