If you've come to my site chances are you already know me for my visual works: graphic design and painting. I've been painting all of my life, since the age when my mother taped paper to the kitchen floor and so began my introduction to art. She was an illustrator and fine artist too, so it was just a matter of time before I was completely saturated in the arts. I also received her name.
Yes, I am the second Dawn Wheat.
The first was a wildlife painter, a printmaker and an acrylic painter. If you have come to this site to ask about her work, contact me.
But back to me for now — I have a degree in painting from the University of Northern Iowa. I still paint with acrylics, and I have dabbled with encaustics (pigment in wax). I draw on a regular basis and am always looking for the next project to sink my teeth into. My subject matter is mostly plants, trees and interesting flowers. I traipse all over to find examples of color and form that interest me, using only my own photography. My father was a horticulturalist and we lived on a farm outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I had pet ducks and goats, climbed apple trees in our orchard and played tag in cornfields. The natural world was as innate as the paper taped to the floor for painting.
To put it simply, I paint plants, trees and flowers because that has meaning. I am continually surprised at the magical shapes and combinations of color in nature.
For the last twenty years, I have worked as a graphic designer. I've designed packaging that you can find on the shelf at Target or Walmart, for brands such as Coleman, Lowes, Expo Dry Erase Markers, and Aldi Grocery Stores. I've also worked for non-profits National University of Health Sciences and The Red Cross in New Mexico. Currently, I'm a designer for Jefferson County Public Library near Denver, CO.
As a creative person, I want to continually find challenging projects and experiment with new ideas or supplies. Over the last two years, I have been writing a book THE GHOSTS OF PINOS ALTOS and have just finished the second draft. I have also started making woodcut prints and cards.
If you have a question or comment about my work, please reach out. I'd love to hear from you. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.