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Eric Hawkinson (HAWK) is an artist currently living in the central valley in California. His unique style of pen and ink is like no other.

With no formal training, HAWK began at a young age to create intricate line drawings. After High School and one term in college, HAWK moved from Chicago to Hilmar, California in 1977 to work on a dairy. HAWK went to work for Pacific Bell in 1979 as a telephone operator. At some point in the early 1990’s, he started to draw again in between calls (the graveyard shift was quite slow, at times). Over a period of about 6 years, HAWK had completed a set of 18 drawings in black and white on 8.5“ by 11“ paper. Co-workers were requesting copies to color in, but found it very challenging because of the space between lines. At that point the drawings were enlarged to 11” by 14”, and were printed on a good-quality cardstock. After a 22 year career at Pacific Bell, HAWK retired early and worked a a golf course, sold appliances, worked in a golf retail shop, and most recently sold heating and air conditioning. Over the last 12 years, a number of original drawings have been completed in a larger format (22“ by 28“), many in black and white, others in color. Inspired by MC Escher and Peter Max, HAWK is big on repeating patterns and bright colors. Furthur inspiration comes from life and its complexities, the music he loves, and visions from his past. With great attention to detail, each piece takes countless hours to complete.

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