Dawn Gerety

AK, AK

I was born in Sydney, Australia and raised across the globe in Girdwood, Alaska. From sculpture to pottery, woodworking to jewelry making, and painting to fused glass, I’ve been creating art for as long as I can remember.

I pursued my dream of supporting myself through art by earning a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in Environmental Design with a minor in Art History. After college, I put my education to use by working at Bradley Reid Communications as a Graphic Designer in the Art Department.

I loved telling a story in just a thumbnail but felt something was missing from my creative outlet so I took a deep breath and plunged into sole proprietorship as ‘Art Seriously’. While still creating logos and annual reports for customers, I started dedicating my time to storytelling on canvas.

As a lifelong Alaskan, I’m moved by the natural splendor that has surrounded me my entire life – mountains, wildlife, rivers, wildflowers, and outdoor activities. I paint these images and create my own language with a swipe of color or a rigid line of dots. I inject a fiercely whimsical vitality to Alaskan icons the only way I know-how.

I can’t explain how I arrive at the stylized animal forms or layered organic elements, I just know it makes me happy.

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