Dawn was born and raised in a small community in Alaska. She had a desire to draw and paint from an early age and studied art on her own until attending college at Pacific Lutheran University. This gave her experience in a broad variety of artistic media such as sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, and painting. In the years following school, she took commissions and sold her work. She got married in 1993 and took a break from art to raise children. In 2014, she returned to art and studied graphite drawing with Linda Huber, an artist based in New York.
She has been influenced by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Casey Baugh, Dirk Dzimirsky, Beatrix Potter, and Paul Cadden. Her style has remained realistic, and her subject matter has varied over the years to include horses, pets, and wildlife. Recently, she discovered that she enjoys portraying the beauty of the human figure and has begun developing that work. Her medium of choice is pencil and colored pencil because it affords her the control and the detail that she desires. Much of her work is in private collections as commissioned pieces.
What am I trying to say with my art? Look at this moment in time! Isn’t it beautiful? I attempt to elicit an emotion from the viewer with something that has captured me. My drawing materials, colored pencil and graphite, allow me the ability to record the intricate details of the subject. It allows me to be true to the image.
Creating art is something I am compelled to do. When something captivates me, I will not let go of the image until I have drawn it. The most expressive image to me is the human figure, but beauty comes in many forms.