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dawn cruttenden

dawn cruttenden


Preferred Medium: 
gold leaf
Preferred Style: 
depends on my mood when i pick up a pencil.
Describe your early memories of your emerging talent as an artist?: 
I was lucky enough to see my dad painting when I was growing up so it was a fairly normal thing to pick up a pencil or brush if I was bored. Being a fireman in the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland I think, looking back, that this was a good escape for him.Being able to create gave me something special. It taught me to look and to see in a different way. I use painting and drawing to escape and lose time in absorbing and capturing moments. Living in London I am often homesick for the huge skies of Northern ireland. They were rarely blue but they were huge and beautiful. So I love having a lot of space and air within my compositions.
Formal Training: 
Rupert Stanley - Belfast Institute foundation art and design
Newcastle College School of Art and Design
Informal Training: 
Admired Artists: 
arthur rackham
pre raphaelites
edmund dulac
Role of figurative art: 
Standing still in a moment and seeing and absorbing the beauty of it or the expression within it. Figurative art snatches it and displays it to someone who might have walked on and never noticed.
Favorite Gallery: 
The National Portrait Gallery, London
Other Interests: 
Teaching drawing to adults who arrive to class with the belief they can't draw for toffee and leave like they've just been to a yoga class. Teaching drawing and watercolour to fantastic children from age 8 and up Running drawing workshops in inner city schools Photography Reading Cinema
A one line summation of your relationship to art: 
Finding beauty in everyday places and people