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About the Art of Rebecca King Hawkinson

About the Art: The Art of Painting

I have always been inspired by strokes of paint.  As a child visiting the National Gallery in Washington, DC with my Mother, I was enchanted by the paintings on the wall thick with textural illusion and enigmatic smiles.  Each canvas connects ideas, emotions, experiences all in a line; as though ordering a disordered world. 

My early relationship with paintings caused the seed of an idea to grow in me. ” I will do that,” my heart breathed in the quiet place.  As for me, I shall have real art around me, I shall fill space with it.  I shall get my hands filthy with it.

Paint is made up of bits of earth and plant oil.  Art is earthy; it stains your hands, and seeps through and stains your soul, crossing the membrane between what is material and what is not. The art of painting is raw.  Burning your eye and your spirit like the searing contrast of the lavender ribbon that runs along the branch in the dead of winter only to turn into resonant golden ochre at the tip of the limb.   The artist is the transistor in the radio, the canary in the coal mine, the maligned prophet.  The artist takes this role all in order to say true things, in order to create resonance, harmony, and joy.

Art makes a way.

-Artist Rebecca King Hawkinson

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Artist Rebecca King Hawkinson paintings have been housed in private collections in the US and abroad since 1999.  In 1998, King left high school early to study at Montreat College in Black Mountain, NC.  Subsequently, in the same year American Artist and Fresco Master Benjamin Long IV completed his fresco on the Montreat College campus entitled, The Prodigal Son. Hawkinson began to study with Long in 1999. In addition, Hawkinson began landscape painting in 1999 on a five week trip to Long’s studio in the South of France.

American Painter Rebecca King Hawkinson, American painter Benjamin Long IV Classical Realism
American Painter Rebecca King Hawkinson with mentor American Painter Benjamin Long IV, who was an apprentice to Pietro Annigoni.

Artist Rebecca King Hawkinson and Fresco

In December the same year, she married Paul Nathan Hawkinson.  At this time, she began showing her work in solo and groups shows.  In addition, she  worked as a studio assistant to Long, a fresco apprentice, and as a color assistant. Then, in subsequent years, Hawkinson returned to Europe to create many more works of art.

Rebecca King Hawkinson Biography on the Fresco with Jill Hooper and Christopher Holt
Rebecca King Hawkinson, Christopher Holt, and Jill Hooper work to prepare plaster for Ben Long’s Fresco at the Sloop Chapel in Crossnore, NC.

Teaching, More Travel, More Art

Hawkinson taught drawing and oil painting from 2005-2012 at the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas in Asheville.  Not only was she teaching, but in 2008 Hawkinson gave birth to a son, Ezra Laurin Hawkinson. She traveled with her young son and her mother to paint for the first time in Ireland. In 2010, Hawkinson gave birth to a daughter, Eden Hope.  Hawkinson completed a large commission in 2011.  She prepared to return to Italy for a spring. Later she took a fall painting trip to Fiesole outside of Florence.

Growing Family & Publication

Hawkinson gave birth to a third child, Orin Ransom in 2012. The next year, Hawkinson began traveling in the US to paint in new locations including Carmel, CA.  In 2015, Hawkinson’s poem “The Golden Days are Numbered” was published by Mothers Always Write, an online journal of poetry and essays on Motherhood. Hawkinson gave birth to twin girls, Ayla Brynne and Tessa Grace in 2015.  Paul and Rebecca Hawkinson completed construction on a hand built wooden studio and home designed by Rebecca in Black Mountain, NC in 2016.  Carolina Home + Garden article “Unstill Life” by Tom Kerr in April of 2016 featured Creative Artist Rebecca King Hawkinson and her art in 2016.

Artist Rebecca King Hawkinson maintains a working studio practice in Black Mountain, teaching students, making new paintings, and taking portrait commissions

ARTIST REBECCA KING HAWKINSON
Black Mountain, NC, 28711, USA
828-664-1828
rnking@gmail.com

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

•2022 “Les Beaux” Solo Show, April 2022, D’Art Center, Norfolk, VA
•2022 “Botanical Inspiration” April 2022, Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI
•2021 “Blowing Rock Women’s Show” June 2021, Martin House Gallery, Blowing Rock, NC
•2021 “Ode to Spring” May 2021, Huse Skelly Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
•2020 Pastoral Palette: Rural Spaces for the Soul, Asheville, NC
•2020 Wet Paint Sale and Group Show, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Blowing Rock, NC
•2020 “Cashiers Plein Air: Art on the Green”, Village Green, Cashiers, NC
•2020 “I SEE FRANCE,” January 2020, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, MA
•2019 “Hoof & Wing: Beyond Lascaux” November 2019, Edith Gilchrist Musuem, Montreat, NC
•2019 Floyd Biennial, Floyd Art Center, Virginia
•2018 “These Many Distant Far Horizons” Solo Show, Crossnore Gallery, Crossnore, NC
•2018 “Art on the Green” group show Village on the Green, Cashiers NC
•2017 “Finger Lakes Plein Air” group show Sonneberg Gardens, Canandaigua, NY
•2016 “Art on the Green” group show Village on the Green, Cashiers, NC
•2016 “Flora and Fauna” group show, Crossnore, NC
•2015 “Impending Spring” with two person show with Michael Hatch, Grand Bohemian Gallery, Asheville
•2014 “Transitory Sojourn” solo show Alchemy Fine Art, Asheville, NC
•2014 “Art on the Green” group show Village on the Green, Cashiers, NC
•2014 “Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2014” group Show, Cumberland, MD
•2013 “Carmel Art Festival” group show, Carmel CA
•2013 “Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2013” group Show, Cumberland, MD
•2013 “Plein Air 757” Norfolk, VA
•2013 “Centennial Show” Crossnore Gallery, Crossnore Fine Art Gallery, Crossnore, NC
•2010 “Marianna and Other Works” The Fine Arts League Gallery, Asheville, NC
•2009 “Drawing: Foundations of Fine Art” group show, 16 Patton Fine Art, Asheville, NC
•2009 “The Lady and the Lay of the Land” solo show, The Crescent Gallery, Spartanburg, SC
•2008 “New Works” solo show, Linville Gallery, Banner Elk, NC
•2007 “La Lumeire De L’Automne” solo show, Burke Arts Council, Morganton, NC
•2007 “Artist Invitational” group show, 16 Patton Fine Art Gallery, Asheville, NC
•2007 “At Home and Abroad” solo show Crossnore Gallery, Linville, NC
•2005 “Painted Poems” solo show, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Black Mountain, NC
•2004 “Figures, Faces and Places” solo show, Fine Arts League of Asheville, Asheville, NC
•2003 “From the River Down” solo show, Gingko Tree Gallery, Black Mountain, NC

EDUCATION Artist Rebecca King Hawkinson


-2006 Fresco Apprentice
Ben Long’s Fresco at E.H. Sloop Chapel Crossnore School, Crossnore, NC
Color Grinding and Mixing, Plaster Application, Fresco Panels

-2001-2003 Fine Arts League of the Carolinas
Advanced Artistic Anatomy, Portraiture, Landscape Painting,
Adviser to Advanced Students

-1999-2002 Apprentice to Ben Long
Artistic Anatomy, Cast Drawing, Landscape Painting, Portraiture

-1998-2001 Montreat College, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Minor in Art

PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS

-2021 Asheville Made Yearning after the Microlocal Moment” by Kay West  
-2019 Floyd Quick Draw Winner, “Floyd Biennial”
-2016 Carolina Home + Garden “Unstill Life” by Tom Kerr 
-2015 Mothers Always Write “The Golden Days are Numbered” poem by Rebecca King Hawkinson
-2014 WNC Woman: Cover Art; “The Passing” Oil on Linen 24×30
-2013 Honorable Mention “Plein Air 757”
-2012 American Art Collector Balancing Act: Motherhood + Artmaking
-2009 WNC Woman Vol.8 No. 10 “Blessed Day” poem by artist Rebecca King Hawkinson
-2009 WNC Woman “Painting Medium #1: 2 parts Determination, 4 parts Grit, 1 part Linseed Oil”
-2009 Belle Magazine “Women in Art: Rebecca N King”
-2005 Smoky Mountain Living, “Poetry in Paint: The Classical Artistry of Rebecca King” by Bethany Dellinger
-2005 Finalist: Drawing Category in the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon Competition
-2004 Finalist: Landscape Category in the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon Competition

Artist Rebecca King
artist Rebecca King Hawkinson