Charlotte Hawley is a New Zealand artist and illustrator who makes marks on street walls, interior walls, and the traditional pencil or paint to paper. Born and bred in Wellington NZ, Lotte moves where the work is, and has spent the last 5 years developing her brand and skill as an artist as much as the final works itself.
Two distinctive styles personify her work; one a detailed, pencil rendered illustrative style, and the other, a contemporary pop art line work style. Lotte enjoys the ability to work both small and large scale, creating intricate detailed drawings, to large expressive work.
Lotte signs all her original works, with a beautifully designed signature seal logo of her preferred nickname – ’Lots.’ She continues to produce original prints and illustrations purely for the love of creating.
Right now, set up in a studio space in her hometown, Wellington, Lotte is committing to the development and explorative process by returning to the sketchbook and other ways of mark making gained from her fine art training. Her aim is to refine her focus purely on mural art, digital and traditional forms of illustration, with a return also to figure drawing and mixed media applications.
Lotte is returning to a gestural and personal style; stepping away from the conventional by reclaiming the freedom of simply drawing from the imagination and creating ideas in the sketchbook. These fresh ideas will form the body of new work.
“ My drawings are an exploration of the imagination, nostalgia and feelings of childhood. They step back in time to a place of simplicity, make believe, and a self-reliant state of play. These ideas recall a moment in our lives in which anything is possible. A memory, or a favourite past time, is then expanded into an almost surreal, fantastical dimension. We run away to explore… knowing that we must be home before dark.”