About the artist
John Hawkins was born in London, where he still lives. John creates his art using Photoshop to combine and blend scenes, objects and textures from the vast collection of photos in his personal library. His art is a reflection, sometimes spiritual, of his personal insights.
“Art is my way of expressing deep inner thoughts and feelings.” John Hawkins
How did you first get into digital art?
I became interested in photography in my late twenties, particularly when digital cameras started to become popular. By chance, a friend showed me some software that he had, an early version of Adobe Photoshop. I was fascinated by it and what I felt were the unlimited possibilities of this software to create and manipulate.
Why did you choose digital art as your medium?
I love the unlimited possibilities of creating digitally and loved that it was a new and different way to create.
What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?
I like abstract and fantasy.
What inspires you?
Any artist who I feel expresses something from deep within themselves through their art.
What is your artistic motivation?
Art is my way of expressing myself: releasing thoughts, feelings and ideas.
Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?
I couldn’t pick one image my feelings about them change all of the time.
Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?
What memorable responses to your artwork have you had?
I was contacted once by a mother who asked if she could have an image I had created to hang in her young daughters bedroom. There had been a fire and the little girl had been afraid to sleep in her room. I sent her the picture and she said that it had helped her daughter greatly. Another said that a picture had helped them to come to terms with the death of their mother and reminded them of her.
How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?
I just think that as my knowledge of Photoshop has increased, I am better able to express through my art; getting closer to what I see in my mind.
What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?
I use a Sony compact camera and sometimes a Nikon Digital SLR. I also a Wacom Intuos tablet.
Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?
Adobe Photoshop: it just gets better and better.
Do you use images from stock sites as well as your own photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?
No I only use my own photographs.
Do you find that digital art is often dismissed as a valid art form?
Yes definitely. Hopefully this is changing. It was the same with photography when digital cameras emerged.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and insights with us, John!