Dawn Whitelaw

Dawn Whitelaw is one of the artists in residence at On Track Studios in Franklin, Tennessee.  The opportunity to paint “en plein air” with colleagues in the Cumberland Society of Painters and Plein air Painters of the Southeast adds richness and honesty to her studio work.  Most of her formal instruction came from a long-term mentorship with New York painter, Everett Raymond Kinstler.

Ms. Whitelaw is currently on the board of the Portrait Society of America, where she holds the office of Vice-Chairman . She has also has served on the faculty for Plein Air South and the Plein Air Convention and Expo.  For over 25 years she taught painting as an adjunct instructor at David Lipscomb University.  She continues to teach throughout the country by conducting workshops in oil painting principles and drawing.  Dawn received 2nd place awards in the Door County Plein Air Festival in both 2014 and 2015.  In recent years, she has won awards in The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, the Piedmont Plein Air Paint Out and in Plein Air Richmond.

Other Awards and accomplishments include:

Podcast interview with Eric Rhoads, Plein Air Podcast, June 2019

Featured painter, Portrait Society of America Academy, Townsend Atelier

Chattanooga, TN, November 2018

American Art Collector’s Master Award of Excellence, AIS Annual Juried Exhibition 2017

Master’s Award of Excellence, AIS Small Works Showcase, 2017

Award of Excellence, AIS National Exhibition, 2016

Award of Merit, AIS National Exhibition, 2015

2nd Place, Pastel/Dry Medium: Richeson 75: Figure/Portrait International, 2007

Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America Regional Show, 2002

Best of Show Award, Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, 2001

Avalon Award for Creative Excellence -Awarded by Lipscomb University, 1997

In 2012, 2013, and 2015, Plein Air Magazine included her work in feature articles.  She was honored by The American Impressionist Society in 2016 when she was elected to Master status.  Whitelaw was one of ten American women artists invited to exhibit in “ Inspiring Figures” at the Butler Institute of American Art in 2010. She recently had a painting accepted into the permanent collection of the Rahr-West Art Museum.  She is a founding member of the Cumberland Society of Painters. 

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