In 2002, Dawn took a big risk and went ‘back to school’ as a mature student, to embrace her love of Art and Design. This meant leaving a regular, well paid office job with HMRC – so it was a huge leap of faith. With love and support from her family, she first studied Textiles. Later she enrolled at Teesside Uni to study Fine Art. This was a real turning point, and a life changing experience. Being part of the art world and creating art work was a huge challenge and Dawn embraced it wholeheartedly. In 2010 she proudly graduated with a BA(Hons) Degree in Fine Art. Her artwork is bold and colourful and is an expression of her bubbly personality. Enjoying the ‘happy accidents’ of mixed media, along side creating her signature monotypes, she continually experiments with new techniques and new products, keeping her paintings fresh and vibrant.
As for us all, life has many twists and turns and everything was upended in 2013 when her beloved Dad passed away. Dawn hit a wall with her art and struggled to feel inspired. The following year, it was decided a fresh start was needed so a move to an old farmhouse in Weardale was chosen. Once in new surroundings, fresh inspiration arose and she soon began doodling in a sketch book. Quickly the doodles developed into unique, naiive, colourful folk-like characters and animals and very quickly, a new body of work began emerging. Quite unlike anything she had painted before.
Multi layered backgrounds are created by layering paint, collaging paper, using printing techniques, making raw marks and sometimes including words and phrases. Often tiny fragments of antique maps and vintage retro papers are included as well as pages from old childrens books. All are precious reminders of past times. There is an illustrative quality to the characters which is perhaps a nod to an all time love of childrens books and an obsession with reading and drawing which surfaced at an early age. “Moving forward, looking back” is the result of a tough personal journey, which makes each piece so precious and truly meaningful.