To Sienna Dawn, paint is a vehicle for self-discovery of the body, mind, spirit, and the natural world. Inspired by the rhythmic patterns in organic life, she uses photography of her outdoor adventures to create dynamic paintings featuring bright colors that become therapeutic while living in the gray of the Pacific Northwest.
My love for art and creativity stemmed from an upbringing deeply rooted in the natural world. Raised in a home without electricity, I had uninterrupted access to the forests of Northwest Montana, where the streams and mountains collided., My unwavering focus on these landscapes would become my art form.
I acquired a degree in Graphic Design from Montana State University and embarked on a full-time pursuit of painting and design. In 2009, moving to Seattle opened up a world of possibilities to showcase my skills. Within a short time, I became the lead Producer of a Cascadia NW Arts and Music Festival, and the Curator for Gallery AXIS in Pioneer Square. I relished the opportunity to collaborate with artists and performers around the region. The process of building environments for a creative and dynamic experience is forever dear to my heart.
In 2020, as in-person event production slowed, I pivoted my focus back to art and design. Today, you will find me painting landscapes of the world and the heart in my art studio and creating graphics at Golden Hour Design Studio. I believe design is magic that can hold an intention. It's my mission to support good people looking to artfully find themselves within their brand and to play in the color-filled space of imagination.
Painting helps me make time for stillness. It's a relationship with the moment, enjoying my tools, breathing through each brushstroke, and experiencing color therapy. Throughout the years the paintings have acted as a vehicle for self-discovery of the body, mind, spirit, and the natural world. My work usually is born in a series of 3 to 7 paintings at a time. The style and imagery are a reflection of the life I'm living.
My universal headquarters of creativity is at the Synapse Gallery in the Bay Street Village in downtown Bellingham, WA. This multi use venue is great for small events, music performances and meetings and is available to rent through Peerspace. I share the space with co-owner and fellow painter, Jax Mildner, you can find us there for the Artwalk every First Friday of each month from 6 to 9 pm.