Dawn creates interlaced sculpture from natural materials such as willow, honeysuckle, wisteria, grapevine.... sometimes, cast into bronze... sometimes painted or patinated... occasionally ‘in situ’ from living willow. Almost always they are inspired by the human form, abstracted to invite individual interpretation.
She recently moved to Little Harbour, Pictou County, where her ‘new’ studio is a 170 year-old house on her husband's property. In restoring the house as a studio, they made the discovery that the house had been built by Dawn's great-great-great-grandfather!
She has shown locally and internationally since the 1980's, in more than a hundred exhibitions, 17 solo shows including AGNS, Montpelier Cultural Centre, Laurel Maryland, John Aird Gallery, Toronto.
Her work has been collected by the Museum of Civilization, Canadiana Fund, the American Craft Museum, AGNS to name a few. She has commissioned works in many private and public Collections, including UOIT Oshawa and the City of Kelowna.
She is a member of Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and has an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Mt. St. Vincent University for her contribution to the Arts. She has led workshops and seminars, and served on juries in Canada and United States. Her career has been the subject of many published articles and reviews, and a filmed CBC documentary.