Park Fine Art

Park Fine Art
Albuquerque NM

Stacy Hawkinson


My art education began in earnest after obtaining several science degrees and working in the Medical Technology field for a couple of years. Something, however, kept drawing me back to the arts I had always loved and this resulted in undergraduate work at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. This, in turn, resulted in an MFA degree in painting and drawing from Northern Illinois University, in Dekalb.

By the time I got to Albuquerque, I knew how I wanted to paint, I just didn't know how to go about it. I like to work big and that required space to paint, which I didn't have. To avoid that problem, I started a small cooperative gallery with people who responded to my ad in the Alibi. After the LUCY Gallery played out, I discovered I was left with a few art friends and still no-where to work. Therefore, I painted smaller and participated in only a few shows. Eventually, I found my way to studio space at Fort 105 Studios, now the Downtown Contemporary Art Center, where I could produce and show paintings.

My work now ranges from very large to very small. These pieces are composed with images I've found somewhere or another, often painted on fabric, maybe a blanket or discarded drapes on canvas or on board. Realistic, banal, commercial, popular, all appropriated images combined with abstract painting, cartoon-ish clip art renderings, silhouettes, dripping house paints; whatever works at the time. I really just like to play with the elements using a wide range of techniques and styles until a sense of balance, or imbalance is struck… or, I might paint a single image all by itself, or no image at all.

I also like polka dots.

~ Stacy Hawkinson
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