Dawn feels like her first language was beauty. That was how her heart was stirred to art. Born and raised a missionary kid in the Philippines she learned to look for it in the cracks and crevices of lives much harder then her own. Even as a young child the landscape was a way to explore and find adventure. She lived in a provincial area in the shadow of Mt. Isarog, an active volcano, which gave the landscape a rich earth and lush color. After she turned 10 they moved to the big city of Manila where poverty became the normal view into every day life. These two images still run through her heart as she wrestles with the tension between such beauty and the human misery of those who are overlooked. At the age of 19 she moved to the US to go to college where she learned how to find her own way to express her heart through painting. It was through a long road of finding her particular way that she finally came back to the landscape and what she believes is her “window” into the spiritual.
Her art is collected by many businesses as well as private owners. Some of which are: New York Times Building, Archegos Offices, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas Eye Care Associates, and Dallas Baptist University, She finished five drawings for the book, Why, O God? published by Crossway books and was selected for the cover of, Still Life by New York Times Bestselling Author, Louise Penny. She is a Signature member of Artists of Texas. Dawn is affiliated with Mary Tomas Gallery in Dallas Design District, Kate Shin Gallery in New York, NY, Joseph Gierek Fine Art in Tulsa, OK, and currently with White Stone Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. She was also selected as the 2015 Artist in Residence for Big Bend National Park for the entire month of November. She has a solo exhibit at Mary Tomas Gallery in September 2016 based on her time and inspiration at the Park. The latest article written on her work was included in Wide Open Country, 10 Texas Artists that Explore the Beauty of the Lone Star State, by Elizabeth Abrahamsen. Her work has been in national shows including The National Weather Biennale, Jubilee Museum of Sacred Art Biennale, CIVA Contemporary Images of Mary and Ex Nihilo at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.