Muskoka-based artist Beverley Hawksley’s imaginative mixed media works have a strong narrative quality that encourages remembrances. But they also tell their own stories. (Above: Gathering at the Water, Below: Pinkie Swear) Have a look at her website, here.
Hawksley says stories are important to her, “the ones we are immediately aware of and the ones that come through excavation.” Her works have recurring aspects that have been present since the beginning.
The use of metal leaf both in halos and background texture satisfies my love of the historical religious works that haunt my heart. Costume interests me, both for what it exposes and what it covers up. I continue to explore this through the work combining eras, or indulging in fantasy . . . Certainly I recognize that the tools are in my hands, however, I do feel as though the figures in the work show up with their own agenda. I am committed to honoring that. –Beverley Hawksley