October 28, 2019

Karen Hawkins, Visual Artist

Karen Hawkins, what do you do for work and how you spend your time?

I am a visual artist. Most of my current body of work focuses on the transformation of books into three-dimensional artworks.

Describe your personal style:

My style has definitely evolved over the years. In my 30s you would find me dressed in Dolce & Gabbana just to go to the grocery store. In my 40s, after returning to UT, I started searching for a more casual style, jeans and t-shirts became my daily uniform. In my 50s, I’ve tried finding the happy medium between dressing for my body and for my age. I count on refined, pared down classics, with pops of trends to keep things interesting and edgy.

Why do you shop at RedBird Boutique?

I love the customer service. They are always very attentive and make great suggestions for items that suit me well. The styles are right up my alley, a great mix of casual, wearable clothing, with special items for events that may require a bit dressier look. You can always count on Maureen to have a great piece of jewelry or two that you absolutely MUST have.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

Most people who do not know me are surprised to learn that I am a grandmother.

What is your daily mantra?

A short nap cures almost anything.

Who has been your greatest mentor in the art world?

My college professor, Margo Sawyer, really took the time to guide me in my art career. She is a phenomenal artist, and friend. In life? My husband has been my greatest source of inspiration in life. He is eternally optimistic, and the most persistent human I’ve ever met. He is a constant reminder of what joy and kindness in the world looks like, and a wonderful example for both our daughters and sons.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

If you don’t like the path you are on, change it. Each of us has the power to control our direction. Make the necessary changes to your life to find the road that makes you happy.

What song would HAVE to be in the movie about your life soundtrack ?

The soundtrack of my would surely be “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. I literally dance my way through my day, from the moment that I put my feet on the floor in the morning, until I lay my head down at night. I dance while cooking, dance while working, break out into a dance in my closet while searching for something to wear. There is always music playing in my head.

Most exciting or dangerous thing you have ever done?

I’ve been skydiving and hang-gliding. I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie.

How would you like to be remembered?

I hope that I will be remembered as a kind, generous, and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and friend. I hope that when I come to mind, a smile crosses your face and your heart fills with joy.

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