Featured Artist Sandra Dawson

Sandra Dawson’ mixed media paintings use symbols, icons and mythological elements layered on beautiful colorful backgrounds. They draw the viewer into another world. Find more of her work on her website.

 

Artist Sandra Dawson. See artist Sandra Dawson's portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Sandra Dawson.

 

I grew up with five siblings, three of which I shared a bedroom with, so in my spare time, I explored private spaces throughout my house in search of quiet. During these moments I enjoyed reading and looking through books and magazines, writing and drawing.

 

“Intuition” Mixed Media, 32” x 36” by artist Sandra Dawson. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Intuition” Mixed Media, 32” x 36”

 

Images were strong and powerful teachers for me, from photos of the Vietnam War to my parent’s art books, and I spent endless hours in this manner.

 

“Gosha Wins” Mixed Media, 12” x 12” by artist Sandra Dawson. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Gosha Wins” Mixed Media, 12” x 12”

 

I didn’t seriously consider painting as a profession until I went to my first college and was mentored by a compassionate art teacher who encouraged pure expression and free thought.

 

“Hallway” Mixed Media, 36” x 32” by artist Sandra Dawson. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Hallway” Mixed Media, 36” x 32”

 

After receiving my BFA from the University of Illinois in Chicago, I began teaching and painting professionally. I taught in The Chicago public schools and was struck by the unjust distribution of tax dollars determined by the location of the school.

 

“Luna” Mixed Media, 12” x 18” by artist Sandra Dawson. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Luna” Mixed Media, 12” x 18”

 

I painted about this subject and integrated it with my love of graffiti, childlike drawings, my dreams and life experiences, interweaving the dark with the light. I painted of pain and love, loss and renewal, betrayal and hope.

 

“Still Life on a Tightrope” Mixed Media, 34” x 34” by artist Sandra Dawson. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Still Life on a Tightrope” Mixed Media, 34” x 34”

 

A desire for truth and self-awareness became a common thread throughout my career. As the years have passed, I have explored various styles, techniques and subject matter, continuing to pursue this concept in my work.

 

“The Madrigal” Mixed Media, 18” x 12” by artist Sandra Dawson. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Madrigal” Mixed Media, 18” x 12”

 

I love working with mixed media and integrate a wide range of materials within a piece, frugally but spontaneously. I have worked with twine, glass beads, sequins, Xerox images, collage, transfers and encaustic.

 

“Treasure Hunt” Mixed Media, 36” x 32” by artist Sandra Dawson. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Treasure Hunt” Mixed Media, 36” x 32”

 

The process is continuously fascinating. I am never bored because there is no ending to what a painter can learn and express.

 

“Dancing Days” Mixed Media, 20” x 20” by artist Sandra Dawson. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dancing Days” Mixed Media, 20” x 20”

 

Everything inspires me, from a mark on the sidewalk to a life event.

 

“Beautiful but Misdirected 1”Mixed Media, 36” x 32”

“Beautiful but Misdirected 1” Mixed Media, 36” x 32”

 

Inspiration is never a problem, time is the issue. I never feel satisfied when I finish a piece, because there is always more to express and never enough time.

 

“Thank you” Mixed Media, 16” x 12” by artist Sandra Dawson. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Thank you” Mixed Media, 16” x 12”

 

To me, making art is about magic. It’s about alchemy, science, philosophy, love and life.

 

Artist Sandra Dawson invites you to follow her on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

Comments

  1. Lovely work Sandra!

  2. Carla Winterbottom says:

    Fabulous!

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