Porcelain, Printworks, Painting, Plein Air
UPDATE: Holly Hawthorn’s reception scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday April 30, has been CANCELED.
Holly Hawthorn of Redding is exhibiting her porcelain, prints and “plein air” paintings at the Easton Public Library through May 15. Her artwork is on display in the conference room gallery, which is open during library hours. There will be an artist reception in the gallery on Saturday April 30, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Hawthorn, a ceramic artist and printmaker, studied art in the United States and abroad. Her porcelain sculptures reflect her love of the ocean and beaches. Her monoprints evoke the serenity of calm water scenes. They have been shown in international art competitions.
For many years she instructed students in drawing, ceramics and sculpture. She fostered their creative spirit and helped them along their personal journey of creative exploration. Her acrylic paintings are lightly textured and often have water and ocean themes.
In the tradition of the pursuit of artistic venues, Hawthorn journals with watercolors done “plein air” fashion accompanied by writings. She maintains a studio at the American Fabrics Building in Bridgeport. Her work is shown in galleries in the Northeast and at her studio.
“The seashell is a timeless symbol that for me evokes playfulness of time spent on the beach,” Hawthorn said. “The illustrative works I create are titled to amuse the viewer. I especially enjoy using ‘play on words’ to title them. They are ‘little celebrations’ of art.
“My walks on the beach and forest on soft grey days provide me with inspiration to create monoprint images showing the subtle colors and fleeting moment that only become visible in the misty atmosphere. They are like the images created by the waves on the water edge, similar but infinitely different.
“My technique in acrylic paint is to lightly texture the surface of the canvas. The intricacies of ocean life forms are sculpted on to the surface enhancing the play of light.”