Dawne Raulet has been a mainstay at Huff Harrington Fine Art since she joined our little gallery family years ago in 2011.
We'd heard about Dawne's very distinctive work but it wasn't until we met her that we flipped. Not only are her paintings unusual and unforgettable - but those are two good adjectives for Dawne as well.
And we loved her story: a busy and successful stockbroker, Dawne stumbled into painting when she least expected it. Frazzled by the fulltime career, two small babies at home and in desperate need of a quick weekend break, Dawne attended a watercolor workshop.
"I realized afterwards that for an entire two-hour period, I had been completely focused on that peaceful watercolor we were painting. It was then that art became my sanctuary and I've been obsessed with painting ever since."
Well, we're obsessed with Dawne's work, too and can't get enough of her simply rendered, but powerful, images of animals. Her graceful treatment of horses, sheep, birds and cows elevates these humble creatures to elegant and mesmerizing heights.
It's not just animals that fall under her spell: she's done landscapes, flora and fauna and even flirty, stylized dresses.
Dawne's stunning current body of work is made up of mixed media, wax and photography all harmonizing beautifully on the canvas and panels she paints on. She won't tell us all her little secrets (even after we begged) but she did say that she photographs her all subjects herself and then transforms them with acrylic, wax and other unnamed materials.
Dawne recently brought us these juicy new florals and we're delighted to share them with you here:
If you're in town, please pop by to feast your eyes on Dawne's remarkable work and if you're not local, check them out right here.