My art reflects awe of God’s creation, especially Montana’s folded rolls of prairie, blue haze mountains, majestic wildlife, and warm-hearted people. I share Montana through the addictive, yet challenging, non-forgiving media of silk painting. Although traditional silk painting is looser in style, I use a black gutta resist in a more exact drawing style. The gutta must completely enclose an area, much like the banks of a lake, to corral the highly pigmented liquid dye that floods the silk fibers, creating a nearly glowing effect. I have fallen in love with a media who mocks my desire for control, but I enjoy the irony of the battle. Never studying other silk artists in the early stages of working with silk, my experimentation lead to a unique style of silk painting. The juxtaposition of ancient Asian silk dying, with its vibrant, intense color, against the traditional western themes of Montana, has created an exciting, unique blend of contemporary and conventional visuals.
Although Dawn was born in Santa Clara, California and spent some of her childhood in New Mexico and Idaho, she has lived in Montana for over 36 years. The Hispanic culture of her childhood influenced her symbolic work and passion for color, while the landscapes and wildlife of Montana have provided her subject matter. She is in love with Montana, from the ragged mountains of the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier to the wide expanse of the prairie and sky. It was while she was studying with Jean Price at the University of Great Falls that she realized silk painting allowed her to combine traditional themes with wild, vibrant color. Although she enjoys many medias, she has become enthralled with the light filled color and movement of dye on silk. Along with creating art, teaching English, Spanish, and Art inspire her. She has taught for 23 years, most in Power. She has also been married for 31 years to Duane and has three children: Chad 30 years, Eric 27 years (married to Casey), and Sierra 16 years. The joy and pain of marriage and family life provide much of the inspiration for her symbolic works. Overall, she believes everyone is born with the ability to create and react to art. It is an eternal conversation between the artist and the viewer – that is magic. With her art she wants to connect to others through common human experiences.
*Urban Art Project-downtown Great Falls, MT (2012,)- “A Mother’s Greatest Feat” *Lewis and Clark Foundation Kite Exhibit (2012) *Power Community Art Show (2009-2018) *Montana State Fair, Great Falls, MT (1988-2016) - top awards in drawing, scratch art, oil pastels, acrylic painting, and silk *Montana Art Mobile (2012 and 2018) *Portraits and private commissions *Participating artist in Paris Gibson Museum of Art Auction (2013-2019) *Juror for Montana State Fair (2014) *Montana State Fair demonstrator with article in Great Falls Tribune (2014-18) *Urban Art Project-downtown Great Falls, MT (2014) –“Create in Me a Clean Heart” *Colors of Fall Art Show (2014) – Piece chosen for advertising poster and scavenger hunt *Belt Art Gallery December Show (2014) *Gallery 16 January Art Show (2014) - some pieces remain on commission after January *Icons of the West Art Show (2015) *Blue Rose/Motifs Show (2015) *Colors of Fall Art Show (2015-19) *Paris Gibson Store Show (2015) *Urban Art Project - Downtown Great Falls (2017) - "Seasons" *Lincoln Art Festival (2017) *AAM Missouri Fine Arts Show (2016-18) *AAM Great Falls Library Show (2016-17) *Shadow of the Past Show (2016-18) - Live and Silent Auction and Quick Finish *"Saint Mary's Lake" chosen for Permanent Collection at Montana State Fair (2018) *First place in Mixed media at Montana State Fair (2014-2018) *Hockaday Museum Salon Members Show (2019) *Jay Contway Show (2019, 2022) Combined with Great Western Show in 2022 *Commissioned Mural at Mountain Title Co. Great Falls, MT 2021 *Montana State Fair 2019 - 2nd People's Choice *Paris Gibson Museum of Art Gift Shop's featured artist November/December *Montana State Fair 2021 - 1st People's Choice *Solo Show at Dahl Gallery 2022