Born and raised in British Colombia, Erica Hawkes studied design at Colorado Institute of Art in Denver. Hawkes works with a variety of mediums ranging from oil and acrylic to graphite and Indian ink. She has also worked as an illustrator, portrait artist, teacher and photographer. Hawkes, however, is well known for her landscape paintings – colourful scenes created in geometric shapes and lines.
Hawkes paints her landscapes in what she calls “Nouveau 7”, in which she borrows elements from the Group of Seven as well as the Art Nouveau movement. Hawkes also paints in a style that she terms “Cubist Impressionism.” To put simply, Hawkes separates the colors of a scene and paints it back using geometric shapes and lines.