"Painting is so many things to me. It's a way to express myself and a form of meditation. It's a tool for tapping into my love of color. Painting allows me to travel to new places and inspires me to dream. It enables me to connect to my most authentic self, in a busy and distracting world. My art is something I can share with my family and community. I love the process of layering paint and intuitively mixing colors. I choose images and ideas that resonate with who I am. I compose an abstract and colorful under-painting and layer upon that to bring life and form to the canvas. My goal is never realism but rather a playful and abstract interpretation. My preferred medium is acrylic and I like the freedom of a palette knife. In some of my work a mat finish house paint is introduced to get a certain contemporary feel and texture. I know that my paintings are complete when I sense a balance of subject, energy and color. I like to take an idea or image I find beautiful and then create a dynamic and vibrant interpretation. I want to give the viewer of my paintings a sense of exploration and possibilities when they look at my work. My most recent series "9 Roses" is inspired by both my family history and my love of culture and symbolism. My great grandfather was a rose gardener at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. I now have a rose garden of my own and a great appreciation for roses. The symbolism of 9 roses in Chinese culture brings eternal love and luck, which aligns with my desire to bring joy and hope into peoples homes.
- Kristen Hawkes