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View the virtual tour of Carol's 2016 show here.
Carol gave an wonderful talk on May 5th describing the duality of being a literary and visual artist. It is available for you to listen to on our blog.
In her series Intimate Jungles, Dawson emphasizes saturated color and density to create lush worlds that envelop the viewer. Originally inspired by Albrecht Durer's iconic 1503 watercolor The Great Piece of Turf, Dawson has also drawn on the traditions of Japenese Kacho-e, European botanical and fairy-tale illustration, and poetic and prose narrative, in order to craft enviroments that seem to defy their own two-dimensional plane and become a part of the viewer's immediate surroundings.
After studying English Literature and Anthropology at The University of Texas in Austin, Dawson went on to launch her writing career, live abroad in Europe and New Zealand, and formally train under the tutelage of painters Ray Vinella and John Koenig in Taos, New Mexico. She is the author of four critically acclaimed novels and an award-winning non-fiction book. In addition, she has published numerous articles in national magazines, while simultaneously exhibiting her watercolors in galleries and shows in New Mexico, Washington, and Texas. She has also served as the official Writer-in-Residence and Visiting Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at The College of Santa Fe, and continues to instruct writing workshops and classes. Dawson's latest book is a four-hundred-year non-fiction history of Texas told through the lens of road development, entitled Miles and Miles of Texas, published on October 1, 2016.
Dawson has been focusing on watercolor for thirty years. Her visual work is represented in public and private collections across the country.