Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson – Printmaker Interview
Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson is a featured artist in our Second Annual Juried Show: Printmakers. Hayes-Hawkinson features 3 prints in our show, Early Morning Light shown below. Learn more about the artist from the following interview:
1. Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it?
No, but my name is long enough that some people might wish I did.
2. Where did you grow up?
3. Who was/is your biggest influence for your art?
Recently, the Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916). After seeing a small exhibition of his work at Scandinavia House in New York, I decided I was ready to start creating work again (after a very long time of not working in the studio). Beyond inspiring me to work, his subject matter and approach (Hammershøi painted simple, quiet interiors) helped me shape the way I think about my images.
4. Who is your favorite artist and why?
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). His paintings are comforting, and his etchings are inspiring.
5. What color best describes you and why?
Navy blue. The color is modest. And resolute.
6. How would you describe your fashion style?
7. What was the first piece you created/sold?
I hope to be able to answer this question by the close of the exhibition.
8. What’s integral to the work of an artist?
First, believe in your ideas. Self-doubt makes one stop working. Second, be able to admit you are an artist—not a dabbler. This was difficult for me to do, but now I can say, “I am a printmaker.” Third, find a good mentor who will support you and challenge you. I am fortunate to study printmaking with Professor Evan Summer at Kutztown University.
9. What’s your favorite piece of artwork?
“The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit” by John Singer Sargent. I respond to Sargent’s modern approach to portraiture, his composition with open spaces, his palette and use of light, and the scale of the painting. My husband and I look forward to seeing this painting every time we visit Boston!
10. What is your dream project?
Building my own printmaking studio someday.
11. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?
Professor Summer has said to me on more than one occasion, “Start something new.” I am a perfectionist, so it’s easy for me to ruin a plate by overworking it.