Having just recently started sculpting and seriously painting, I find that my inspiration for my art comes from a curiosity about life around me and alternative ways of responding to life after living many years. My goal with each piece is to show different perspectives and spark imagination in the observer. My COVID-19 Heroes sculpture series honors those who have continued to serve amid the pandemic with little or no recognition for their efforts and their risk. The representational body forms and use of multi-color clay express that they may be any gender, any race, any age. The focus is on what they have done and continue to do for the rest of us to go on with our lives in this horrific time. My Word Play sculpture series focuses on having fun with the words of well-known and historical phrases and producing images that represent alternative meanings for the words. My paintings encompass whatever I’m observing and feeling at the moment.
Dawn Behrens, a resident of Stillwater, Oklahoma, is an emerging later-in-life (70 years young) acrylic painter, clay sculptor, and mixed media artist. After painting an illustration for a children’s picture book she authored several years ago, she started painting seriously and sculpting in November, 2020 while sheltering at home during the pandemic. Her education includes a B.S. from the University of Central Oklahoma and an M.A from Oklahoma State University. After many years teaching in Brick & Mortar schools, Dawn could not return to the classroom during the pandemic. She now teaches in virtual live classes as she pursues her art.