I was first introduced to the work of Dawna Robertson in 2007. I was blown away by this incredibly talented and spiritual artist and by her story. Dawna is driven by something deep within her to create works of art in stone, paint and pyrography. Dawna’s focus is wildlife and she has great concern for how the changes we have made in the natural environment affect the creatures who live in it. Her passionate support for wildlife causes has created partnerships with many conservation organizations including the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition.
Dawna’s careful observation of the wildlife she recreates in stone results in a work of art that is not just exceptional in technique, but, the sculptures reflect the very spirit and personality of the animal itself. She sees what we most often miss, but, if one looks carefully, was always there. I am lucky enough to own of her most special and healing sculptures, “The Circle of Life” (below). It was created during a particularly traumatic period in the artist’s life and so much passion went into the sculpture, that it seems to bring a healing effect to all of those who touch it.
The most powerful kinds of art always come from the soul of the artist. The contrast of the texture and smoothness of “Circle of Life” creates dimension and is a treat for the senses. The soapstone is drilled to make coral and the sea turtle’s shell is smooth and cool. There is a lot going on in this piece; a baby, fish, starfish – and the best way to find them all is to touch them. I love it when a sculpture draws you in to touch it. The multi-sensory experience sparks the imagination and temporarily brings you into the artist’s world.
Many of Dawna’s works of art, including a limited edition series of drawings, come with a story and the symbolic meanings of the animals behind the art. Her work has a Native American influence drawn from her relationships and life experiences. It is worth taking some time to browse her website and appreciate the artistry and compassion in the work of Dawna Robertson. Visit her link at http://www.dawnarobertson.net.