Who I Am
Hi, I'm Dawn Boyer.
I'd like to introduce myself properly so we can get to know one another, artist supporting artist.
- I've painted all my life, and in 2010, I decided to take myself seriously as a full-time professional artist. I've never looked back. I've been teaching art in person and online for many years as well.
- I believe in giving back the gifts we've been given so the world can be a better place. That's why I love to teach. One of the greatest rewards in my life is watching students "take off."
- I have an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, but when it comes to painting, I decided to steer clear of academia and instead plunge into an art practice that made sense for me and my aesthetics. I chose to learn directly from painters whose work spoke to me and who were also great teachers. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. They not only taught me technique, they encouraged me to find my voice and gave me lots of great tips about the business side of art. All the independent learning and hard work paid off, because today, my paintings attract collectors who are willing to pay thousands of dollars for them, and I make a good living doing what I love.
- My favorite quote is from John Keats:
"I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination. Whatever imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth, whether it existed before or not."
It is my compass, my True North. I think that's why I love expressive and abstract painting. I'm constantly searching for that exquisite combination of the heart's affections and the truth of the imagination when it communicates beauty. It reaches down deep.
- I can be an intellectual nerd and love to talk and write about art from that perspective. That said, I am also filled with an unabashed, childlike sense of wonder, curiosity, and excitement about painting that I try to instill in my students, because those qualities always steer us right.
Here's what I mean. We can learn the principles of art inside and out and lean on our knowledge to paint "correctly," but if we don't open up to vulnerability and paint from our hearts and souls, our work won't move anyone. It's always a dance back and forth, but really, the heart rules.
- Through all my years of being a painter, I've struggled with everything you can possibly imagine. From not knowing how to hold a brush or mix colors, to being terrified of a blank canvas, to being completely stumped by value and composition, to being at a loss as to how to approach galleries, to having mindset issues like self-doubt that can lead to paralysis, to lacking motivation to do all the business and marketing stuff, to the discomfort of necessary growth and development ... you name it, I've been there. The good news is, I have found strategies to overcome the obstacles and am happy to share them so you can, too.
- I teach in-person and online workshops, and I run a mentorship program, too, because I know different people have different needs. I believe that serving others in whatever way we can makes for a purpose-driven, fulfilled life.
The one overriding theme that comes out of all this is that I have some serious real-life schooling and skills behind me, and I feel so fortunate and grateful to be in a place where I can share my talents and help other artists step into fulfillment and empowerment in their own process and practice.