The Authentic Biography of American Plein Air Painter Artist Rebecca King Hawkinson

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. In 2023, King Hawkinson’s painting Eulogy of the Besieged is on tour with Bullets and Bandaids: A Veteran Anthology, on exhibit at the the Columbia Museum of Art.

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