Dawna Middleton was born and raised in Texas and moved to Missouri in 2003. Creating, sewing and designing have been foundations throughout her life. In her mid 20’s she began design work and textile concepts. In 2009, during her 2nd semester of college she was passionately inspired by her History of Art class. The exposure motivated a profound desire to begin creating art that was waiting to emerge. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in Graphic Design.
Within a year she was an instructor at a sip & paint studio. Just months later attempted her first portrait. She continued painting throughout the next year, absorbing advice and experience from local artist. She immersed herself into finding her own techniques of versatility within abstract, realism, and fine details of various subjects. Often projects come through visions, some are themed inspired, and others burst with mixed media of scriptures or random items. She draws inspiration from different types of artist including Jackson Pollock, Duane Hanson and the beautiful detailed work of Richard Caton Woodville.
In 2016, Dawna became an active member of Studio 55 Guild and the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Both memberships have provided a platform for many local exhibitions. She has also been accepted in juried exhibition in Springfield and St. Charles, Missouri.
Creativity has oozed from me in some form most of my life and having the capability to create something visual has been an important step to unveiling the world of art for my thirsty soul. In the fall of 2014, I pushed myself beyond my comfortable boundaries and painted my first portrait. I continue to create art in some form regularly.
I am often given visions of the art piece; some during the night, of what the next project should be, even down to the technique to be used. I seek to bring life to my visions. I primarily use acrylics with many projects having additional texture and mixed media from odd objects and older books. I have recently explored watercolors and found them to be very addictive, one I am enjoying a great deal. It is truly a growing love.
My subjects vary from the challenges of the finest details of a certain object to the intensity of an abstract piece that can speak volumes when looked at for an extended period of time. I have been given a gift of opportunity, to slowly peel away the many layers of my artistic techniques.