Dawn is a Métis, born in Yellowknife of Chippewyan and Welsh Heritage. She was separated from her family in infancy and raised in foster homes. While in her teens she applied herself to her long standing interest in art and began to develop a unique personal style. Her interests ranged from drawing and painting to dyeing, spinning and weaving wools, as well as knitting one of a kind wearable art sweaters, and writing a book on knitting. During a short visit to Yellowknife in 1995, to see a former foster mother, she decided to stay on. In 1999 she opened her own Gallery and Studio where she continues to work and to share her ever widening range of products featuring her uniquely Canadian style. Her art draws inspiration from Northern Images of the Aurora Borealis, Polar Bears, Inukshuks, Ravens, and other forms of northern imagery.
Dawn's style is constantly evolving and encompasses a diverse range of subject matter, while remaining true to the brilliant colour combinations and wit which has been an integral and recognizeable mainstay throughout her body of work.
Her influences range from Yukon's Ted Harrison to Alfred Pellan , Picasso and Gustav Klimpt.
A totally self taught artist, Dawn enjoys exploring new mediums and is currently experimenting with mosaics. Several recent paintings include elements which are clearly mosaic inspired.
Her work lends itself to a wide variety of products, and more new products are in developmental stages.
Five years ago, Dawn located her long lost family in a joyous reunion. The celebration of kindred love and heartfilling amazement continues to inspire Dawn as well as her delighted siblings and proud Father.
You can visit her website at www.dawnoman.com