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Behind the Artist: Dawn Trimble

May is here and so are spring flowers in every color of the rainbow. We spoke with watercolor artist Dawn Trimble about her colorful style and artistic inspiration.

Black and white portrait of artist Dawn Trimble and her artwork titled Emotion 2

What is your background in art? How did you get started?

My background is actually in interior design and architecture. While I will always have a passion for design, I was drawn to the conceptual and visioning phases in the design process. I began watercolor painting as a way to express myself in a more patient and reflective way - I found it very relaxing.

A Room interior of a living room with two canvas prints of watercolor abstract work hanging on wall.
Left: Joy 1 Right: Interstitial 4 and Interstitial 7 by Dawn Trimble

I am constantly searching for ways to express emotion through my painting - often those things that are difficult to express with words are the things I am striving to express through my practice.

Photographs of Dawn Trimble working in her studio and her art supplies.
Dawn Trimble in the Studio

What was the moment you knew art would be your career - not just a passion project?

There was the surreal moment when collectors began thanking me for sharing my work with the world. I was incredibly humbled by the sentiment and at the same time, I was doing what came so natural to me. I loved were interested in collecting my work and were interested in being a part of my journey.

Watercolor abstract canvas print on the wall of a dark bedroom interior.
Left: Calm Waters 3 Right: Interstitial 6 by Dawn Trimble

How do you know when a piece is 'ready' to share?

If I have come to a painting session with a clear idea in my mind and I am focused and fluid during the painting process, and…if the intention became a reality, I will share that painting. Serenity, hope, and maybe even joy is the feeling I hope one if left with when interacting with my work. It is a calming experience for me to express it, and I hope that translates.

Want to see more of Dawn's art? Find her collection here or follow her on Instagram.