Dawna Middleton | Artist | Model
I was born and raised in Texas, then moved to Missouri in 2003. Creating, sewing and designing have been foundations throughout
my life. In my mid 20’s I began design and textile concepts. In 2009, during my 2nd semester of college I was passionately
inspired by my History of Art class. The exposure motivated a profound desire to begin creating art that was waiting to emerge.
I graduated in 2013 with a degree in Graphic Design and much anticipation of more.
Within a year I was an instructor at a sip & paint studio. Just months later attempted my first portrait. I continued painting
throughout the next year, absorbing advice and experience from local artist. I immersed myself into finding my 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 and random items.
I draw inspiration from different types of artist including Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenbery, Jasper Johns,
Wangeci Mutu and the beautiful detailed work of Richard Caton Woodville.
In 2016, I became an active member of Studio 55 Guild and the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Both memberships have provided
a platform for many local exhibitions. I have also been accepted in juried exhibition in Springfield and St. Charles, Missouri.
In 2019, I sought to rekindle a dream to be a print model; one I began at the age of 17. I believe it is never too late to achieve one's goal.
I also spend my days at Eden Village, a community helping the chronically disabled homeless individuals
move into a tiny home and find a way to recover and begin a new, healthy lifestyle.
One is truly abundant when they can fill their days with projects they are passionate about!