I’ve been drawing since I was a little girl and won my first art prizes at age 5.
Many years and many prizes later I graduated from college with a BFA in graphic design. I spent my professional career as an illustrator, calligrapher, publication designer, art/production manager, and design manager mostly in educational publishing. I won many design awards, but the only painting I did during those years was on the large side—set design and painting for community theatres.
I learned about painting in miniature only after I had retired from publishing. In 2006, while casting about for an artistic pursuit and at the suggestion of a friend, I attended the Guild School in Castine, Maine. For my first two years there I took courses exclusively with Mary Grady O’Brian. Mary taught me that I could paint in miniature. I was both challenged and encouraged and soon I was decorating furniture and painting historic signs on my own. I became an IGMA Artisan in October 2007 and introduced Fine Art in the Spring of 2010. I was honored to become an IGMA Fellow in 2013.
Now I am busy most all the time in my New Hampshire studio creating work to sell at shows and designing custom projects.
In my spare time—I managed to squeeze in some during the summer of 2009—I designed and produced this website. I hope you enjoy browsing around.
PHYLLIS HAWKES, IGMA FELLOW
Scroll down to see some of my work in progress and my studio.
This is where I work. Great north light!
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