Moon Gazing Hare

JoannaDawson-MoonGazingHares

About the Hare

When I think of hares living in the wild I often picture them moon gazing in the early evening moonlit fields on farm land. I have always loved hares and have around 50 hare ornaments, photographs and original art pieces which I have made, all around my home in Swindon. This fascination began when I was much younger and on a bike ride down a farmers lane in Whelford, where I grew up with my family in the 1980’s. I ...
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When I think of hares living in the wild I often picture them moon gazing in the early evening moonlit fields on farm land. I have always loved hares and have around 50 hare ornaments, photographs and original art pieces which I have made, all around my home in Swindon. This fascination began when I was much younger and on a bike ride down a farmers lane in Whelford, where I grew up with my family in the 1980’s. I saw something running towards me as I cycled along the track so I stopped and waited for it to reach me. The hare stopped just in front of my bikes wheel and our eyes met for some time. I was fascinated by this magnificent creature and felt a connection between us. As quick as a flash he was gone into the hedgerow. This sparked my life long enthusiasm for hares and this design is inspired by that memory. The male hare watches over the burrow below where his leverets sleep peacefully. He gazes up to the moon and is the surveyor of his own kingdom. I have added in other elements of Cotswold wildlife and flora and fauna within this design. This piece will be decorated using acrylic paint.

Artist

Joanne Dawson

Artist Biography

My name is Joanne Daswon and I have always been passionate about Art. I knew from an early age that I wanted to become an Art Teacher when I was older. I went to Farmor’s School in Fairford and took Art and Sociology at A Level. My art teacher heavily ...
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My name is Joanne Daswon and I have always been passionate about Art. I knew from an early age that I wanted to become an Art Teacher when I was older. I went to Farmor’s School in Fairford and took Art and Sociology at A Level. My art teacher heavily influenced my career choice and his passion for the subject transferred over to me. I went on to do an Art Foundation course at Cheltenham Arts College. The foundation course allowed me to work in a wide variety of media and I became particularly fond of painting, mixed media and photography. I then undertook a degree in Fine Art and Art History at De Montfort University in Leicester. Again I developed my passion for mixed media painting and photography, experimenting with figurative work and black and white film photography. Working in mixed media allowed me to add in a variety of materials to my pieces, such as collage, print work and even the use of dripping wax at times. I began to really develop my own style and enjoyed working on large scale pieces as well as smaller, intricately detailed studies. I stayed on for a fourth year at De Montfort University and took my PCGE in Art. I secured a job as an Art Teacher in Swindon in 2000, and then a couple of years later I saw a job advertised at my old school, Farmor’s in Fairford, Gloucestershire.  I decided to apply and have been working at Farmor’s since 2002. I even got to spend ten years working with my old art teacher who inspired me to become a teacher all those years earlier. Thank you for all your wisdom Mr Edmondson.

I am now Teacher in Charge of Photography at Farmor’s as well as still teaching Art. My job keeps me busy but in my free time I like to keep fit and do my own art pieces when I have the time and inspiration. Being part of the Hare Trail is a great honour for me as I am passionate about these magnificent creatures and have a large array of hare ornaments, photographs and handmade art pieces adorning my home in Swindon.

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