At the age of seven Dawn (Griswold) Weimer announced to her parents she was going to be an artist and have horses when she grew up. The dream of horses became a reality when she married her high school sweetheart, Tom Weimer, who owned several registered Quarter horses. Together they were involved in rodeo and training horses while Dawn also spent 15 years as a paralegal. Dawn's obvious "art education" came unconventionally on horseback. Twenty years of raising and training registered Quarter Horses equipped her with an incredible understanding of horse anatomy and behavior. She feels that translated into a greater knowledge of animal anatomy and behavior in general.
Upon leaving the paralegal field, she found time to again pursue the rest of her dream and she began painting; being commissioned for many years for animal portraiture. "One particular day, I caught myself flipping over a photograph to see the opposite side of a dog I was painting for commission. I felt so foolish", she laughs, "but it was then I realized I was seeking more...the third dimension." This seemingly unconscious event opened the field of sculpture to Dawn; she produced her first bronze in 1991 and hasn’t picked up a paint brush since.
Dawn's style is realistic, yet expressive, maintaining exceptional integrity and quality in every sculpture. Exhibiting intense sensitivity to "touching the spirit" she immortalizes her subjects in the forever medium of bronze. Every detail of each casting has her explicit attention to conform to her strict standards and assure complete satisfaction to the most discriminating collector.
Developing a reputation for sculpting classical animal and figurative limited edition bronze sculpture, her work has won numerous awards and is in private, corporate and museum collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In a short period of time, Dawn Weimer has completed several monumental bronze sculptures, which puts her among the few elite women sculptors who have become known for their talents in monumental bronze sculpture. She has placed 60 life-size/monumental installations throughout the US including 1 figurative piece in the American History Division of the Smithsonian Museum in D.C.
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