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The Art of Bonnie Everett-Hawkes

September 17, 2011 - Emily Dimov-Gottshall
Bonnie Everett-Hawkes is a children's book illustrator and artist. She is a long time friend and fellow artist who I admire. She took some time out to answer some questions about her work.

When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been painting?

I believe I was born being interested in art. There was never a time that I can remember not being able to draw. But it was in the first grade that I realized I had talent when my teacher took a picture I had drawn to our school principle.

What are your art influences?

Definitely Walt Disney, Norman Rockwell, Beatrice Potter, Painters of the Impressionist period such as Renoir, Cezanne', etc.

Do you have an occupation besides your art?

I do write and have authored a book and have two more yet to be published.

Stories behind the artwork

Do you have a special piece you'd like to share, talk about?

I have a pastel of a African-American nude male that I titled "The Debt". It is of a slave that is being auctioned to pay off a landowner's debt. I come from a long line of Americans that are woven into American history, one such relative was a slave owner. Although my relative was very kind to his slaves and freed them upon his death and even left them an inheritance ,many were not so sensitive to their plight. It was after learning about this ancestor that I created this work.

What is it about your art that makes it different than the other artworks?

I believe my art work shows a variety of style and sometimes a simplistic approach. I often use bright colors and a resemblance to folk art.

What makes this kind of art piece "good" to you?

To me the work's subject must be understandable. By this I mean the viewer must be able to tell without a doubt what they are looking at. I have never been an admirer of modern art. I love the works of Rockwell, Beatrice Potter, works that show warmth and realistic subjects, often people, children and animals. I want my work to make the viewer walk away feeling that they have looked at something that has brought back warm memories or made them feel good inside.

If you have a website please share it and tell us where you have recently shown your work. Please share any contact information you would like to be reached at (website, blogs, gallery, etc).

My web site is: I have a blog on my site as well as I recently showed my work at "The Yellow Brick Road " Antique Mall and Collectibles Please share any additional information about your art that you would like to add.

I have been a children's book illustrator for several years, but I also do pastel portraits. I work in a variety of mediums and styles, one reason many publishers and authors like to use my services. Http:// Check out my books on

Thank you for sharing a bit about your work. Good luck in all you do.

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