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 emerged from my soul for most of my life. Applying my skills to design artwork has been an important step to unveiling a world of art for my thirsty spirit. In the fall of 2014, I pushed myself beyond my boundaries and painted my first portrait. In 2016 I entered my first public art show. By 2017 I found myself on a personal transforming journey, one that has been a vast awakening experience.
I began to see my artwork evolve as I did. I am often given visions; some during the night, of what the next project will be, even down to the technique to be used. I seek to bring life to these visions. I primarily use acrylics with many paintings having additional texture and mixed media from odd objects and older books. I have explored watercolors and found them to be very addictive in the way they announce their presence on paper. It is truly a growing love.
My subjects vary from the challenge of the finest details of a particular object to the intensity of an abstract piece that can speak volumes when looked at for an extended period. My journey of Awakening has been a gift, one with many opportunities to investigate new techniques in the art world as well as the uncovering of my core, my truth, and my inner peace.