Dawn Whitelaw, AISM

After over thirty years of teaching painting, Dawn Whitelaw still thinks of herself as a student. Like the painters she so admires, Sorolla, Sargent, and Zorn, she fully understands the importance of not only painting from life, but also keeping it simple. “It’s not about rendering every eyelash or tree limb, but about finding the character for your subject and presenting the essential information.”

SOLD - Water Valley 14x18, oil
SOLD - Water Valley 14x18, oil
Dawn Whitelaw, AISM
Moo  Phases I, 8x8, oil
Moo Phases I, 8x8, oil
Dawn Whitelaw, MAIS $700
Moo Phases II, 8x8, oil
Moo Phases II, 8x8, oil
Dawn Whitelaw, MAIS $700
Moo Phases IV, 8x8, oil
Moo Phases IV, 8x8, oil
Dawn Whitelaw, MAIS $700
Suddenly Sundown, 16x20, oil
Suddenly Sundown, 16x20, oil
Dawn Whitelaw, AISM $1900
A Change Over, 24x36, oil
A Change Over, 24x36, oil
Dawn Whitelaw • $4100
Cool Light Of Summer, 8x16, oil
Cool Light Of Summer, 8x16, oil
Dawn Whitelaw • $850
A Patch Of Blue • 8x6, oil
A Patch Of Blue • 8x6, oil
Dawn Whitelaw • $500
Cream the Trees, 11x14, oil
Cream the Trees, 11x14, oil
Dawn Whitelaw • $750
Summer Greens, 11x14, oil
Summer Greens, 11x14, oil
Dawn Whitelaw • $950
Bailey's Tableau, 16x20, oil
Bailey's Tableau, 16x20, oil
Dawn Whitelaw • $2100
Entering Evening, 40x30, oil
Entering Evening, 40x30, oil
Dawn Whitelaw $4800

Dawn Whitelaw is one of the artists in residence at On Track Studios in Franklin, Tennessee.  She is a founding member of the Cumberland Society of Painters and a charter member of the Chestnut Group.  Ms. Whitelaw is currently on the faculty of the Peninsula School of Art and the Portrait Society of America, where she holds the office of Vice Chairman.   In recent years, The Plein Air Convention and Expo featured her as an instructor in their conventions in Nevada and California and she was on the faculty for the first Plein Air South event.  She currently travels the country to conduct workshops in oil painting principles and drawing.  Dawn is an enthusiastic plein air painter receiving 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.

In 2012, 2013, and 2015, Plein Air Magazine included her work in feature articles.  The American Impressionist Society elected to Master status in 2016 and she won the Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence in the  2016 National AIS Juried Exhibition.

Whitelaw has a painting in the permanent collection of the Rahr-West Art Museum.


Recent Exhibits Include

  • Society of American Impressionists National Exhibit, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, TN 2010
  • “Inspiring Figures” participating artist by invitation, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio 2010
  • Artists for the New Century – Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont 2007
  • Solo Exhibit – Brazier Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia 2007
  • Cumberland Society of Painters Shows
  • Leiper’s Creek Gallery, Franklin, Tennessee 2005 & 2007
  • Richland Fine Art, Nashville, Tennessee 2004
  • Stanford Fine Art, Nashville, Tennessee 2001 & 2003
  • Brazier Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia 2002 & 2004
  • Best & Brightest Student Show – Scottsdale Artist’s School – 1999
  • Featured in exhibit & brochure for The Nashville Symphony Orchestra – 1997
  • Festa Dell’Europa- Stroncone, Italy – 1998
  • Anniversary Show Brazier Fine Art – Richmond, Virginia – 1996-2004
  • American Academy of Women Artists- Scottsdale, Arizona – 1998
  • Phoenix Historical Museum – Tempe, Arizona – 1998
  • Alla Prima International Group shows
  • New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, Wisconsin – 1999
  • Riverbend Gallery, Marble Falls Texas – 2000
  • Red Brick Gallery, Bryan, Texas – 1998
  • Shriver Gallery, Taos, New Mexico – 2003
  • Quinlan Art Center – Georgia – 2004
  • Group Show – Hanson Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee – 2002,2003
  • Group Show – Gallery of Franklin, Franklin, Tennessee – 2002,2003
  • Oil Painters of America Regional Show Richmond, Virginia – 2002 ( Award of Excellence)

Professional Memberships

Professional Awards

2016 – Awarded Master Status for American Impressionist Society

1st Place, Piedmont Plein Air Event, High Point, NC 2014

1st Place, Quick Paint, Piedmont Plein Air Event, High Point, NC 2014

2nd Place, Door County Plein Air, Fish Creek, WI 2014

3rd Place, Richmond Plein Air Event, Richmond, VA 2014

Honorable Mention, Plein Air Festival Door Co, WI 2012

Honorable Mention, Plein Air Richmond, VA 2012 & 2013

Honorable Mention, Fast & Furious Competition, Richmond, VA 2012

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, International Portrait Competition 2001

One of 6 artists juried into American Academy of Women Artists Show 1999

Avalon Award for Creative Excellence 1997

National Portrait Seminar, certificate of Merit 1991

Select Collections Include

  • Third National Bank
  • Dominion Bank
  • Musse de la grande Vigne, Dinan, France
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Northern Telacom
  • Lipscomb University
  • Southern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Center