Dawn Gaye, Biography
Quote from the artist:
"I am different. Many have told me so, and I believe it. I'm a Bible-carrying Bohemian, an American flag-waving hippie chick, a punk-rock conservative with libertarian leanings. A Jesus-follower and a free spirit, an artist, a poet, wife and mom with a penchant for artistic freedom. I believe it is never too late to begin life... again. I am completely into beginnings. I don't think you know anyone else like me. I sure don't."
Dawn Gaye Duff has always been known to resist labels. Those who attempt to pigeon-hole her and her work attain little success. Due to neuro-muscular issues from spinal cord surgery, she works at a slow pace. At times she can barely work at all, and pain is constant. However, she took up clay as a healing therapy. She began to paint with oils and water media, and to make mosaic art and jewelry. She is self taught and discovered her gift for teaching, was hired by private schools and for art residencies at public schools. She joined art co-ops and organizations. She's had shows, including a one-woman show on Hilton Head and recent solo show in Bluffton. Her work has been collected internationally.
Dawn has been called an "Exploratory Artist", and is honored by that description. She paints in oils and watercolor in a myriad of styles, and does her best to keep up with demand for her poignant and original work. She designs one-of-a-kind pieces from jewelry to wall hangings and installations. Her pieces include hand-painted silk, clay, mosaic, fiber, concrete, paint, and re-purposed vintage and found objects. Many of her pieces have been described as having an ancient or historical feel. "Prayer Bowls" are her signature pieces, combining the written word with form and texture.
About her current collection "Faces", Dawn says "I love the human face, with all it's expression and emotion written into each line and pore. I love the way a face can change at a moment's notice, a slight raise of the brow or curl of the lip saying volumes without uttering a word."
"You want labels? I am an enigma; I am an artist. I create for the glory of God. I am a patriot and a Christian warrior. I go to the battle with my colors, my textures, and my hands. I want to express the Creator's universe in all art's glorious forms."