Lea Hawkins is an Australian artist and award winning photographer working towards her first non photography based body of work and solo exhibition. 

Lea has been selected in national competitions including twice as semi finalist in The HeadOn  Portrait Prize and The Moran Photographic Portrait Prize. Twice as a finalist in the Canon Photo5 competition, and twice Highly Commended in Meroogal Women's Art Prize. Her work appears on music album and book covers for musicians and poets, both locally and internationally, as well as in national newspapers and magazines including Art Collector magazine. Her donated t-shirt design for Greenpeace was their all time best selling design in the 90's, and images from her book and exhibition 'Shoalhaven'  have been requested for offices in Australia's Parliament House. She has worked as a press photographer, as a stills photographer for Beyond Empathy's award winning film Rights of Passage and as a writer for Digital Photography School.

Currently living and working daily on her art practice in a shack/studio in the rain forested hills of South East Coast New South Wales, Yuin Country, Australia. In August 2021 Lea finalized a two year project started in August 2019 to create a body of work combining the varied disciplines Lea has been working with separately for decades, photography, drawing and ceramics. Along the way also teaching herself to paint, experiments in sculpture, cyanotype printing, watercolour, and discovering a love of charcoal. Her first completed oil painting during this period was selected for the Lethbridge Gallery Small Works International Art Prize Salon, a charcoal piece selected as a finalist in Blackstone Gallery Works on Paper Prize, and a selection of images from Pond series won a bronze medal in the The Prix de la Photographie, exhibited in Paris 2021. Currently focusing on a series of charcoals in between some more painting and various other experiments.

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