About Dawna 

In 1985 I began learning watercolor techniques from Tom Tinkler in Edmonton. Watercolours were exciting and magical to me.

 

 

I moved to Victoria in 1988, and studied with many teachers here, including Flemming Jorgensen at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA), at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific; and with Lorne Loomer, also of MISSA, I expanded my works to include monoprints, Japanese Sumi-E, and non-character calligraphy using Chinese brushes and ink.

 

 

In 1993, I completed a commission for the Lieutenant Governor's Foster Families Awards.  Nine foster families were presented with one of my original watercolors by the Lieutenant Governor in a special ceremony at Government House in Victoria.

 

 

Sisters Three Artworks shows, which also featured clay artworks by two of my sisters, were held in Victoria, and several others followed in Edmonton and Calgary in the 1990s.

After painting watercolours for almost 25 years, I wanted to learn a new medium, to paint deeper, richer colours, and add texture to my paintings. So I studied acrylic techniques with Rita Edwards for several years.

 

Since 2011, under the guidance of Michelle Miller, I have found a new direction and am now painting large, vibrant many-layered abstract canvases.

 

 

I am so in love with colour, and the emotions it expresses, that I feel driven to paint. When I begin a canvas, I have no preconceived idea about how it will turn out. I know it is finished when I have made friends with it. . .

 

 

My art is held in private collections in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Japan.