At age nine, Dawn began to draw in California where she was born and raised. She enrolled in private oil painting classes in middle school and throughout high school; she attended a commercial arts high school. Dawn continued to study art in Chicago at the American Academy of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. After art school, she moved to Orlando where she became a Walt Disney World artist. In 1987, she opened a Scenic Design company with her life partner. For the last ten years, Dawn has concentrated on her fine art full time. Dawn's art is collected throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.