Commissioned Shih Tzu – Winnie


Commissioned Portrait “Winnie” 14 x 11

“After our Shih Tzu, Winnie passed in November, I decided to commission a portrait of her as a gift to my husband.  I was looking for an artist who not only had a high level of representational skill but also made the leap of capturing the heart and soul of the portrait subject.  As an Art History major and as person with a background in advertising, I had a true appreciation of the difference.  This is why I chose Dawn B. Dwyer.

Thank you for the incredibly special portrait of Winnie. You truly captured her essence.

Dawn, I don’t know if you were aware of my two daughter’s response to the portrait when you brought it over and they had the chance to see it.  They were so moved by the painting that they both cried when you left.

You were a true gift to our family!”           Barb Gehrig  Cincinnati, OH


Holiday Art Opening at Pendleton Art Center

pet portraits | wildlife | marine life | nature 

I have been working hard trying to get oil paintings completed for Final Friday (Nov. 25, 2011) at the Pendleton Art Center.  Below are some of the paintings I have been working on this past week and hope to have completed for the art opening held at my new studio at the Pendleton Art Center/Cincinnati on the 8th floor.

I will be easy to find, just come into the Pendleton Warehouse Studios and take the elevator straight up to the top floor (8th).  STUDIO 804-B

Final Friday and Second Look Saturday

Not only will you be seeing my work but also 8 floors of Studios will be open to the public.  Studio walks are a lot of fun and held the Final Friday of each month from 6 pm to 10 pm. Studios of the Pendleton Art Center are open to the public, giving guests the opportunity to view creative art space, as well as purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists. Second Look Saturdays offer another opportunity to experience the Pendleton and its artists from 11 am to 3 pm.  Below is a link for information about the Pendelton Art Center/Cincinnati and directions.

In the works and on the easel  …

Work in Progress 16 x16 oil "Angel in the Night"










Making progress but still have a ways to go!

This painting was inspired by a night dive I did.  With only a flashlight in  hand to illuminate the darker water at 60′ an Angel Fish appears with all it’s beauty.

Help ... I need a Title for this 20x16 work in progress.

I really need help with the Title of this piece, so if something comes to mind please leave it in the comment section.  The painting is not complete yet but close enough for you to get a feel of it and an idea for a title.