Published Oct 20. 2017 - 6 years ago
Updated or edited Jul 13. 2018

Trevor Hawkins

Australian artist Trevor Hawkins works with pen and watercolor on high quality paper to produce his beautiful, mostly naturalistic - but also sometimes abstract art

Southern Bluefin tuna
Giant trevally
Mangrove Jack
Golden trevally
Fish portraits
Trevor Hawkins

Australian artist Trevor Hawkins is quite active on Facebook, where I bumped into his lovely paintings and drawings several times and became virtual friends with him. Trevor's beautiful watercolors are mostly naturalistic and very lifelike, but he does sometimes grab a pen and somcurre bright colors and go out along a more abstract tangent.
I asked Trevor our usual row of fishy artist questions and he replied and supplied some samples of his art.

Coral trout
Coral trout
Trevor Hawkins
Water Buffalo
Scenting Sambar
Ruffed grouse
Hunting subjects
Trevor Hawkins

a) How did you start working with art and with fishing related art in particular?

Angling art came later in my life, at around 40 years of age.
Before that I painted mostly landscapes for several years as a professional artist and for a period, abstracts. For 21 years I ran my own screenprinting business in Melbourne, Australia which restricted the time I had for art of any type.

b) Why fish and fishing?

I’ve been an angler from the age of 8 and a flyfisher since my early teens, when I used to give talks about flyfishing to my local angling club I used to paint pictures of flies and aquatic insects to compliment those talks. So, fishing, and flyfishing especially for wild trout has been a lifelong passion as has my art.

Dog and grouse
More hunting subjects
Trevor Hawkins
King salmon
Trevor Hawkins

After deciding to pursue my art seriously once again around 1995 it seemed only natural to marry up those two passions of art and my love for fishing and the outdoors. At the time in was limited in space so it seemed only natural that I do smaller works and concentrate on graphite and pen sketches and watercolours which allowed me to stop and start a work without the need for preparation and space required for oils/acrylics and larger canvasses.

Circular abstract 3
Circular abstract 5
Circular abstract 4
Circular abstract 2
Circular abstracts
Trevor Hawkins
Circular abstract 6
Circular abstract 1
More circular abstracts
Trevor Hawkins

c) What is your preferred method of painting, drawing, producing your art - if any?

My preferred methods of painting for my fish/dog/hunting artworks are watercolour or technical pen sketches. Most of my works is watercolour onto 640 gsm hot pressed Fabriano paper that doesn’t require stretching. I use this for my pen and graphite art as well.
I love working with graphite or technical pen on a personal level.

The hunter
Trout and flies
Trevor Hawkins
Trevor Hawkins

d) Is the art your main source of income - if at all a source of income - and do you do other jobs as a supplement?

Art and fishing related work are my main source of income. I work full time as an editor/illustrator/writer for the Australian Fishing Network (Freshwater Fishing Magazine) and on top of that do my own private angling/hunting and other outdoor art for sale via Facebook.

e) Can people buy your art and if so, then in which form and where?

I no longer have a website or sell through galleries, I started my Facebook page to allow me to have a personal voice on fishing and environmental matters relating to fishing and wilderness access outside of my magazine constraints. I thought the best way to have people want to visit and return to me Facebook page was to show my art. Most pieces I feature are for sale privately and people simply need to message me and inquire about size availability and price if they see something they are interested in.

Yellowstone cutthroat
Trevor Hawkins
Ready to ship
Presenting a painting
Ready to ship
Trevor Hawkins

f) where do you currently live and work?

My wife Tracey and I currently live in Warragul, a country town approximately 100 km to the east of Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria in Australia.
I work from home with both my magazine employment and my art.

There is a very strong bond between anglers, hunters and people who frequent wild places for their recreation or solace and what I enjoy so much with my outdoor art is that people feel they can converse with me about those things and realise that apart from my art which brings us together, we are all connected by a passion for the outdoors.


Contact Trevor Hawkins through his Facebook page

In the woods
Trevor Hawkins
Trevor Hawkins
More abstracts
Trevor Hawkins
Trout drawing
Three trout
Tarpon drawing
B/W work
Trevor Hawkins
Fish and rod
Small trout
Trevor Hawkins

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