ABOUT DAWN

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I grew up on the east coast in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and graduated from Brown University in 1977 with a BA in English and a minor in art. After a career in the Boston area as a graphic designer, I moved in 1992 to the high desert plateau of Central Oregon with my husband and two children. I taught in the public schools as an artist in residence, and began attending workshops given by pastel artists Harley Brown, Albert Handell, Sheila Reiman, and Doug Dawson. Pastel felt “like home” the first time I tried it, and my world literally changed from black and white to color. By 1997 I was winning major awards for my pastel work, and had achieved “signature member status” with the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the American Academy of Equine Art, and “associate member status” with the Society for Animal Artists

Since 2000 I have been invited to teach workshops and jury shows around the country and Canada, and now offer workshops and private study out of my studio as well. Articles featuring my work have been included in four artist magazines: The Palette, The Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, and the Pastel Journal. My work is included in 3 books: “Design and Composition for the Painter,” and “Strokes of Genius 1 and 2.”  I have produced 3 instructional dvds and self published a book of my travel to India, and teach foundational drawing as a part time instructor at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. My work has been collected widely, and is is shown by several fine galleries in the north and southwest.

I  live in Terrebonne, Oregon, about 30 miles north of Bend. We have a log home on five acres that we share with an assortment of animals.  When we’re not home we might be traveling, exploring new areas to hike, or practicing the martial art of Aikido. When the kids visit, they climb at Smith Rock State Park, a world class climbing area just a stone’s throw away. It is the kind of lifestyle where the work is never done, but the reward is plenty of exercise, a natural rhythm to the day, and access to wide open spaces whose beauty never ceases to amaze and inspire.