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Artist Statement: Dawn Winter

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Artwork located at Austin Art Garage, a gallery located in Austin, TX, featuring artwork from several local artists.

It wasn’t until visiting the galleries of Santa Fe, NM that I felt compelled to explore painting. I had never considered painting, much less anything creative previous to visiting the galleries of Santa Fe, NM. However, as I meandered through the fine art galleries, I felt compelled to explore this newly emerging interest. I randomly chose acrylic paints, mediums and canvases and began experimenting. My learning curve began with the thoughts of “I wonder what will happen when I ……” and this curiosity continues.

Each painting has a life of its own. Sometimes I have a sense of the direction I want to take the painting. With others, I follow the path the painting insists on taking. If a painting takes on an undesired path, I make a different choice and throw on a different color. Then, when and if the original colors poke through, it’s a reminder of the path the painting had taken.

Sometimes, it’s the smooth butter-like tactile sensation when pulling the palette knife across the canvas that I love. Other times, it’s how the colors interact with each other and experimenting with mediums and watching the earlier layers poke through in surprising ways.

During the process of painting, I’m bringing my life experiences, wishes and temperament to the canvas. Ultimately, I seem to gain life lessons and a sense of peace and authenticity from my time spent with the paints and canvas. When a painting session is going well, I become lost in my thoughts, gain new perspectives and lose track of time. It’s a wonderful sensory experience and a departure from the otherwise detail-oriented life I lead.

~ Dawn Winter

Art Showings

Hyde Park Bungalow with painting on the wall
Installation in master bedroom of a Hyde Park Bungalow. Interior Design: Maureen Stevens.

2017

Anthropologie (framed canvas print available exclusively online)

Arete European Kitchens (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

Austin Art Garage Gallery, Austin, TX

“Bastrop Art in Public Places” (juried visiting art exhibition), Bastrop Convention Center, Bastrop TX

“For the Love of Art” AVAA (Austin Visual Art Assoc.) Juried Art Show, Austin ArtSpace Gallery, Austin, TX

HGTV “House Hunters Renovation” program

“Mix ‘n Mash: XOXO” Exhibition, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX

Optimal Wellness and Chiropractic (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

Skyline Art Editions (professionally photographed prints and giclees)

W.E.S.T. (West Austin Studio Tour), Austin, TX

Woodlands Boutique, Hendersonville, NC

2016

Anthropologie (framed canvas print available exclusively online)

Arete European Kitchens (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

Austin Art Garage Gallery, Austin, TX

AVAA (Austin Visual Art Assoc.) “Summer Show” Juried Art Show, Austin ArtSpace Gallery, Austin, TX

Optimal Wellness and Chiropractic (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

“Red Dot Art Spree”, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX

Skyline Art Editions (professionally photographed prints and giclees)

“Uncovering the Layers” Solo Exhibition, The SEAD Gallery, Bryan, TX

W.E.S.T. (West Austin Studio Tour), Austin, TX

Woodlands Boutique, Hendersonville, NC

Arete-European-Kitchens-installation3
Installation at Arete European Kitchens. Painting shown here, “Springing Forward”.

2015

Anthropologie (framed canvas print available exclusively online)

Arete European Kitchens (visiting artist exhibit), Austin, TX

Austin Art Garage Gallery, Austin, TX

AVAA (Austin Visual Art Assoc.) “Summer Show” Juried Art Show, Austin ArtSpace Gallery, Austin, TX

E.A.S.T (East Austin Studio Tour), Austin, TX

Optimal Wellness and Chiropractic (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

“Red Dot Art Spree”, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX

Skyline Art Editions (professionally photographed prints and giclees)

The Hideout Improv Theatre (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

W.E.S.T. (West Austin Studio Tour), Austin, TX

2014

“ARTPOP 2014”, Studio 8 Architects, Austin, TX

Austin Art Garage Gallery, Austin, TX

Austin Public Library/Twin Oaks Branch (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

AVAA (Austin Visual Art Assoc.) “For the Love of Art” Juried Exhibition, Austin ArtSpace Gallery, Austin, TX

E.A.S.T. (East Austin Studio Tour), Austin, TX

Skyline Art Editions (professionally photographed prints and giclees)

VAM Gallery “Circle of VAM IX” Exhibition, Austin, TX

W.E.S.T. (West Austin Studio Tour), Austin, TX

Arete-European-Kitchens-installation2
Installation at Arete European Kitchens. Painting shown here, “Underwater Drama”.

2013

Austin Art Garage Gallery, Austin, TX

Austin Public Library/Howson Branch (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

Austin YMCA/Town Lake Branch (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

W.E.S.T. (West Austin Studio Tour), Austin, TX

2012

AMOA-Arthouse “5 x 7” Exhibition, Austin, TX

Amy’s Ice Cream (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

Austin Art Connections “Driven to Abstraction” Juried Exhibition, Austin, TX

Austin Art Garage Gallery, Austin, TX

Austin Art Space Gallery: featured artist (December 2012), Austin, TX

AVAA (Austin Visual Art Assoc.) “35th Anniversary” Juried Exhibition, Austin ArtSpace Gallery, Austin, TX

AVAA (Austin Visual Art Assoc.) “Members”Juried Exhibition, Austin ArtSpace Gallery, Austin, TX

AVAA (Austin Visual Art Assoc.) “12BUY12” Juried Exhibition, Austin ArtSpace Gallery, Austin, TX

Greater Austin Parade of Homes, commissioned artwork, Austin, TX

HGTV “Property Brothers/Buying and Selling” program

Hoovers, Inc. (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

2011

Austin Art Garage Gallery, Austin, TX

Austin Art Garage Gallery “Holiday Show”, Austin, TX

AVAA (Austin Visual Art Assoc.) “Fall Show” Juried Exhibition, Austin ArtSpace Gallery, Austin, TX

AVAA (Austin Visual Art Assoc.) Holiday “12BUY12” Juried Exhibition, Austin ArtSpace Gallery, Austin, TX

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Recent installation at Parade of Homes tour. Interior Design: Robin Bond. Photographer: Johnny Stevens

2010

Austin Art Garage Gallery, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber of Commerce (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

Gallery On the Square,Wimberley, TX

2009

Austin Art Garage Gallery, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber of Commerce (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

E.A.S.T. (East Austin Studio Tour), Austin, TX

2008

Austin Chamber of Commerce (visiting artist exhibition), Austin, TX

Austin Art Garage Gallery, Austin, TX

Austin Art Garage, CulinART Reception, Austin, TX

Chado Tea Market  “Solo Artist” Reception, Austin, TX

CulinART Juried Art Event, 3rd prize, Austin, TX

Quacks Bakery, Austin, TX

Satellite Cafe “Solo Artist” Reception, Austin, TX

Additional Education

Magnificent Acrylics: The Contemporary Austin: The Art School (Philip Wade) 2006

Marketing your Artwork: The Contemporary Austin: The Art (Phillip Wade) 2007

Drawing Faster and Better: The Contemporary Austin: The Art (Katherine Torrini) 2008

Recreating the Creative Process: The Contemporary Austin: The Art School (Andrew Long) 2008

Writing Your Life Stories: MUMC (Sue Geen) 2009

Mastering Color: The Contemporary Austin: The Art (Linda Montignani) 2014

Availability

Paintings are available directly through the artist.

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