Molly Watson Hawley
Molly Watson Hawley studied at Middlebury College, the Boston Museum
School, and the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she received a B.F.A.
with specialties in printmaking and portraiture. Her work has been informed
and deepened by subsequent study with portraitists Jose Cintron, Cedric
Egeli, Albert Handel, and Burt Silverman.
Ms. Hawley's commercial commissions have been primarily in oil, pastel,
and pencil portraits, but she has done pioneering work on figures sewn
on fabric. Her portraits have been commissioned by many private clients
in the United States and abroad, as well as by businesses, hospitals,
and schools. Her paintings and drawings have been awarded a number of
prizes in juried exhibits and are represented in distinguished private
collections and museums. She has also provided illustrations for a number
of books and book covers.
Clients report that the distinctive quality of her portraits lies in
their depth of feeling, the captured resemblance, and their strong,
evocative sense of place.
She is married to the writer Richard Hawley and is the mother of three
daughters. She lives and maintains a studio in Ripton, Vermont.