In­ter­cept­ing Life

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Er­ica Hawkes grew up in the coun­try­side of Prince Ge­orge, BC, sur­rounded by space and na­ture. Sum­mer morn­ings were her­alded by inces­sant bird­song; moose and bear the near­est neigh­bours. Evenings were en­chant­ing un­der a blan­ket of stars, and north­ern lights in win­ter. Er­ica lived in a small but cozy house with her mother, fa­ther, an older brother and two sis­ters (one her iden­ti­cal twin). Grow­ing up in a re­li­gious home, she learned re­spect for her­self and oth­ers. Free time was spent tak­ing long walks through the for­est, col­lect­ing agates, and go­ing to the li­brary. Read­ing is a pas­time that she and her chil­dren con­tinue to­day. "We are cur­rently into ‘The Se­cret Gar­den’. They love it." Both her par­ents were very creative. Er­ica’s dad was a jew­eler and her mom came from a long line of quil­ters. Er­ica loved art from the first colour­ing con­test she won in first grade. She recalls, "I grew up with a lot of values. One of which was: Do ev­ery­thing to the best of your abil­ity. Thank­fully, abil­ity gets bet­ter over time. I also learned to treat oth­ers with kind­ness and re­spect, and that we are all equal and have value, re­gard­less of where we live and grow up. Ev­ery­one has a unique gift to give the world. They just have to find it."

In­spi­ra­tion

Er­ica’s art is in­spired by skies filled with ev­er­chang­ing clouds, and sun­sets over the water. She

left, Stark Beauty, acrylic on can­vas, 24" x 36" above, An Ex­cit­ing Sky, acrylic on can­vas, 24" x 24"

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