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My interest in glass explores a sculptural side of two-dimensional pieces: flat compositions focusing on symbolic or trompe l’oeil themes. My goal is to infuse my pieces with a sense of strength or symbolism that makes an impression on the viewer of a hidden meaning. I am intrigued by the mathematical forms in nature and art, and the optical illusions that can be created through the design, color and light qualities unique to glass.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and moved to Texas in High School. After experiencing a big change in culture and environment, she came to appreciate the stark beauty of the Southwest.
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University in Printmaking and Painting, and established a career in graphic design and illustration for newspapers and the print industry.
Her fine art endeavors evolved into mixed media painting and hand-made papers, and explored the sculptural side of two-dimensional pieces. In 2012, Dawn began taking that exploration into glass. She has experimented in hot glass, and is currently working to master fusing art glass.
Her artwork has been shown in galleries in El Paso, Texas; Stockton, California; and Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She is currently a member of the Piedmont Craftsmen Guild, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, and the Oak Ridge Art Center.