DawnJBrennanArt
Years ago a gallery owner looked at my portfolio and said with a tone of disgust, “You just do whatever you want, don’t you?” I spent some time wondering why this was a bad thing. I guess he meant that my style wasn’t set, wasn’t consistent, wasn’t predictably recognizable, and therefore wasn’t a reliable product. I can see why he felt that way.

It was true then and it is still true today. Over the years I have made art in all sorts of media, in all sorts of ways—oil painting and graphite drawing, watercolor and charcoal, and most recently acrylic painting and ceramic sculpture. My style changes according to the limits and possibilities of the medium. When learning a new medium I’ve always been interested in skill-building, and have risen to certain challenges that take me in many directions.

My one consistent goal is to discover the truth about the seen world, and to understand how the eye, hand and medium bring that discovery about.

Recently I have been making fantasy landscapes based loosely on science fiction and the American West—spaces empty and eternal, a product of the human mind, but also a realm beyond it.

I’m very excited to discover ceramic sculpture. I’ve been doing a series of small figures that express movement, gesture or tension. Like some of my paintings these figures evoke plant, rock and human forms.

I am also studying the human head in a whole new way: after many years of drawing the human head, I thought I understood it pretty well; but tackling it in 3D is both humbling and exhilarating. I never knew there was so much to know.