PAINTER8 Arts Society

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Calgary, AB

I consider my paintings and drawings to be romantic. They harken back to a time, a place, an event or a person.

The works are a portrayal of our effort to formulate an explanation of our experiences. We are compelled to weave a reality using tools at our disposal. We think we understand our reasons because we've constructed them. We've constructed our reasons to protect ourselves. Eventually, we seek protection from our reasons.

Each painting or drawing serves as a display of balance, composition, repetition and order, they allow us to assume reason without reality. The images themselves, once used to call to mind current events and societal concerns, serve as decoration. The meaning, depending on the viewer, has shifted from informative to reflective. The final result is cultural wallpaper.

The spirit of decoration- offers us a feast for the eye without demanding that we should taste of every dish… the pleasures of anticipation and of memory.
E.H.Gombrich, The Sense of Order (Pg. 103)


Dawna spent her childhood in Northern Saskatchewan. Dawna has always used art as a method of communication and has been involved in the arts community in Calgary since her arrival in 1993. In 1999, after earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Calgary, she dove into the scenic painter’s world of stage and film. This commercial art form has been sustaining her financially so that she could pursue her fine art interests. It has also provided her with a constant open dialogue about the arts. This communication with fellow artists is critical to her creativity.

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followed by
Flood, oil on canvas, 5' x 4'

followed by
Tempering, acrylic on panel, 18" x 18"

followed by
Dawna and John, oil on canvas, 36" x 36"


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Dawna Mark- Flood
Tempering by Dawna Mark
Dawna Mark- Painter8