January Cover Artist: Dawn Gerety

Dawn Gerety was born in Sydney, Australia and raised across the globe in Girdwood, Alaska. From sculpture to pottery, wood working to jewelry making, and painting to fused glass, she’s been creating art for as long as she can remember.

Dawn pursued her dream of supporting herself through art by earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in Environmental Design with a minor in Art History. After college, she put her education to use by working at Bradley Reid Communications as a Graphic Designer in the Art Department.

“I loved telling a story in just a thumbnail but felt something was missing from my creative outlet, so I took a deep breath and plunged into sole proprietorship as ‘Art Seriously.’ While still creating logos and annual reports for customers, I started dedicating my time to storytelling on canvas,” Dawn says of her creative journey.

As a lifelong Alaskan, Dawn is moved by the natural splendor that has surrounded her her entire life – mountains, wildlife, rivers, wildflowers and outdoor activities. “I paint these images and create my own language with a swipe of color or a rigid line of dots. I inject a fiercely whimsical vitality to Alaskan icons the only way I know how. I can’t explain how I arrive at the stylized animal forms or layered organic elements, I just know it makes me happy.”

Find more of Dawn’s work at artseriously.com