These days, Dawn calls ‘home’ the picturesque and richly diverse Queensland Southern Downs Region, where the property she and her husband own is located on the NSW side of ‘that squiggly bit’ of the geographical composition of the State border. She has returned to take up residence again as a fourth generation dweller. Prior to this she spent eighteen years at Barcaldine in the Central Western Queensland Region where the rich colours of the landscape inspired her art passion. During her years there she was greatly influenced by the bold colours and rugged terrain so characteristic in contrast to her current location, however both regions are equally alluring to her paint brush and pencils. She says “the latter is simply a different address, that’s all!”
Dawn’s studio was literally picked up and transported along with her, to her new location as she couldn’t bear to leave it behind. She works from it daily on “MELVA” in Legume, humbly channelling her “take” on a scene that she sketches beforehand and then grids up onto canvas. An “oldie but a goodie” she says of the true and tried old fashioned technique that she first employed when she was a young child. Acrylics and pastels are her preferred mediums and many layers are put down in the process of providing depth to the field of interest. The subject is often brought forward in the composition to give the viewer a sense of “being right there.”
Dawn has been acknowledged with a number of prized awards. She has also had her artwork published in a book titled ‘Artesian Country Book and CD’ and her work has twice been part of group exhibitions that have toured Queensland galleries over a number of years.