Sonia in Antarctica
Local Artist - Sonia Hawes
By Sonia Hawes.
Sonia Hawes has been an artist in the county for many years. She explains what inspires her to paint.
I am freelance artist who has lived and worked in Northamptonshire for most of my adult life. I run community and schools workshops and also teach art classes for adults in Daventry, Towcester, Greens Norton, Litchborough and Brackley as well as running art days from home.
Having spent 12 years as part-time Arts Officer for Daventry District, I have devoted much more time to my artwork in the last seven years and now mainly work to commission, particularly animal portraits. Currently I am also working on a series of pieces based on my travels in China and more work based on visits to Antarctica and Egypt.
I work in a variety of media including acrylic, water colour, pen and wash, pyrography and pastel. I keep sketchbooks on all my travels which I use alongside the reference photographs I take when working in the studio.
I am a keen advocate of the arts and encourage everyone I can to participate in some way, as well as classes I run occasional sessions with several of the art groups around the county and also use my artwork and photographs when I talk to groups such as Women's Institutes about my travels and the environment - how climate change is effecting Antarctica (entitled: Why don't Polar bears eat Penguins?) as well as a talk on travels in China.
Although my subject matter is quite varied, I am never short of inspiration living in such a beautiful county. I only have to go into the garden to find an abundance of plant and animal life to paint and draw or walk down the lane to find wonderful landscapes which are always changing with weather conditions and the seasons.
Looking at other cultures so alien to our own makes me appreciate the natural and man-made environment in Britain.
Sonia Hawes can be contacted via email on:
last updated: 28/05/2008 at 14:41