I first discovered Joseph Hawkin's piece in a contest on the website Fine Art America. I enter contests there just to gain extra exposure, and I often go on to the contests that I participate in to vote for those paintings I like. I stumbled on his painting, Joe's Blue City, and was excited to find another artist similar to me. Many artists prefer to be completely different, and I understand that. For me, it's not important to be different intentionally. I know I'm different, and I know my style is not common. As a result, I often try to find artists whose art I feel are similar to mine so that we can connect, share ideas, and possibly / hopefully gain exposure together as a result of our connections. Who knows, maybe we'll be the founders of a new school someday. Hawkins does have a similar style to mine, and maybe we'll collaborate going forward.
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