Elaine Henry Dawson was raised on a small farm in Chattanooga, TN. It was those early years that grew her reverence and love for Nature. She wanted to be an artist, but she chose the pragmatic course studying Business and Accounting before building a successful career as the Business Manager for a national software developer in Memphis, Tn. But, she still wanted to be an Artist; so she studied Water Color at Atelier Studio in Germantown, Tn under Nationally recognized Fred Rawlinson for six years. Then in 2006 Elaine retired from her business career; she and her husband relocated to Northeast Al and built a studio in her home.
Elaine’s passion is Water Color - the spontaneity of it is pure fascination although she does some mixed media - pen and ink, acrylics and pastels. Her work is impressionist; her love of nature is expressed in her art; landscapes, rocks, trees, flora. Elaine paints intuitively; most pieces begin with a detailed drawing; ightly sketched onto watercolor paper, but once the paintbrush touches the paper, the painting intuitively takes on a life of its own.
Elaine and her husband reside on the Southern end of Lookout Mt in Cherokee County Al. With over six acres on the bluff covered with flower gardens and woodland trails, scenic views of Weiss Lake and the Appalachian Mts, Elaine has an endless supply of inspiration; a simple walk replenishes and renews the creative senses.
Elaine’s award winning paintings have been exhibited in National and Regional Juried Shows; she is a member of Watercolor Society of Alabama, Memphis Germantown Art League, Tennessee Watercolor Society and Southern Watercolor Society. Elaine’s painting “Enchanted Madame’ was the cover art for the Poetry Quarterly Magazine “Art With Words”. Most recently “Winter in the Mountains” won 1st Place in Water Color at the Gadsden Art Association’s 53 Annual Exhibition. Elaine is presently exhibited at the Wildflower Cafe, Mentone, Al, Little River Canyon, and Katherine's Frame Shop in Fort Payne, Al.
The painting A's and B's Apple Blossoms and Bluebird won Third place in watercolor at the Gadsden Art Association 54th Exhibition 2012. Winter in the Mountains and A's tercolor Society