Visual Artist + Fine & Therapeutic Arts Educator + Creativity Coach
The Northern Lights in Gram’s Backyard I & II by Jamie Winter Dawson, Oil on Canvas
My matrilineal line is from Drammen, Norway. My ancestors were women and men who settled in central Minnesota to farm the earth that twinned their homeland in so many ways. I grew up hearing stories of skiing in snow and ice to get wood and dried goods, and of how delicious lutefisk - a white fish cured in lye - was supposed to taste. “The key is in the sauces….” my Grandpa would say. I heard the old, folk songs sung at different times of the year to announce the advent of a season, a crop, a holiday, and I was told of a sky whose lights seemed to pulse above your winter breath.
Growing up in rural Minnesota, then, my veins seemed to carry the very taste of a northern winter. I relished the sound of snow crusting under soft boots as I walked, loved seeing the red flash of a cardinal against stark, quiet white.
These paintings blend a composite of memories: a late night watching the Northern Lights as an adolescent, my grandparent’s stories of a wild Norwegian landscape, my own research of the patron deities of the Norse, and winter’s horizon painting sun dogs with the atmosphere.
Plein Air Paintings by Jamie Winter Dawson, Watercolor on Watercolor Paper
This series was created outdoors in Kansas City. I had recently moved to the area and wanted to get to know the local flora through my Artist lens. I painted these on location, visiting botanical gardens, new city parks, a neighbor’s blackberry patch, and my front porch.
Pomegranate by Jamie Winter Dawson, Watercolor on Watercolor Paper
Ivy by Jamie Winter Dawson, Watercolor on Watercolor Paper
Tony’s Backyard by Jamie Winter Dawson, Watercolor on Watercolor Paper
Reading Corner in the Botanical Gardens by Jamie Winter Dawson, Watercolor on Watercolor Paper
Mother’s Day by Jamie Winter Dawson, Watercolor on Watercolor Paper
Each installation here was commissioned or curated as a site-specific piece for the art center it was exhibited at. I employ various modalities to investigate layers of meaning around the central themes of ecological entropy and human intervention. These installations ponder the life/death/life cycle found within the landscape of middle American forests. The pieces you see are repeated paper casts of a single fungi native to the midwestern forest floor. The casts take on different sizes and colors to examine the circuitous nature of a single living species and how it nourishes the other life forms around it.
Doodles & Drawings for Friends' Kids
A while back, it occurred to me how stuffy it felt to never see the artistic doodles & meanderings of artists I liked. I would see the glossy, seductive pieces in the gallery and be inspired, of course. But let’s face it, friends: Don’t we love and relate to the protagonist that is quirky, and unrefined, and human and falls short sometimes?
Here are some of my doodles & meanderings in all their beauty and imperfection. Enjoy!
Mr. Crow by Jamie Winter Dawson, Ink & Pastel on Paper
Equinox Bunny by Jamie Winter Dawson, Ink & Pastel on Paper
Stacy Pond by Jamie Winter Dawson, Ink & Watercolor on Paper
Watercolor Class Demo by Jamie Winter Dawson, Watercolor on Watercolor Paper
Abstract Class Demo by Jamie Winter Dawson, Ink & Watercolor on Treated Paper
Rooster Study by Jamie Winter Dawson, Acrylic on Newspaper
Tree Frog for Bailey Rae by Jamie Winter Dawson, Watercolor Pencil on Paper
Harvest Owl by Jamie Winter Dawson, Pastel on Paper
Self Portrait Detail by Jamie Winter Dawson, Conte Crayon on Cardboard
Eye Study by Jamie Winter Dawson, Ink on Paper
Pastel Body by Jamie Winter Dawson, Pastel on Paper
Sketch as superhero by Jamie Winter Dawson, Marker on Paper
In Memoriam by Jamie Winter Dawson, Silver ink & Collograph on Rice Paper
These collated drawings depict cladograms - diagrams scientists use to show relationships between species. Each cladogram here represents a species declared extinct in 2014. The final drawing depicts what scientists sometimes call a ‘tree of life’ - an idealized cladogram including species no longer with us.