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Meet Dawn Trimble of Dawn M Trimble Art in East Atlanta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dawn Trimble.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always been passionate about being expressing myself creatively.

My earliest memories as a child are of sketching floorplan diagrams on the pages of a spiral bound notebook. I would then visualize what it would be like to move through each space – the floor planes, the walls and the ceilings, the way the light would enter the room. I believed, even then, that there was a beautiful sacredness in the spaces we created and occupied. This lead me to pursue studies in design – first interior design and the architecture. So, the bulk of my educational and professional experience is in the design realm. I’ve worked for some of Atlanta’s and Washing D.C.’s top design firms and taught in the local schools of architecture in Atlanta, gaining invaluable experience through each endeavor.

When my husband and I were pregnant with our 2nd child, we began to rethink our work schedules and we decided together that I would stay at home with our children. When our children moved out of those “sweet baby” phases, I began working as the Children’s Ministry Director part-time at our church, which I still do today and love!

Last fall our youngest child entered PreK, and this was bittersweet for me. I was certainly happy to have a little time back to myself but wasn’t sure of what to do with it. I had been “mommy” for the past few years and needed the space to get re-acquainted with myself and with my passions. To be honest, I was not very excited about returning to the workforce as a designer – I remembered how hectic that type of schedule could be and our family had grown accustomed to a certain rhythm…a calmer rhythm.

When people would visit us at our home, they would always compliment me on the paintings and other artwork that was sprinkled throughout our home. There was a collection of watercolors in our dining room that I had done when I was pregnant with our daughter and architectural collages that were framed in shadow boxes on another wall. All of these were done out of a pure need to create… to make. My husband and other family members would often encourage me to take my painting/making hobby further, but the idea of taking it seriously did not resonate until late last year.

My first few paintings were done for me to get reacquainted with this type of expression but proved to be a much more. The ceremonial process of preparing a paint palette, water and paper were so beautifully familiar and comfortable to me. The first few pulls of the paintbrush against the paper were peaceful… serene. At this point, I can say that the process of painting is proving to be an elegant avenue of self-expression that I did not expect, but am now fully engaged in. As an abstract painter, my subjects typically revolve around the ideas of composition, placement and rhythm – similar to what I was drawn to investigating in the design world. I love to test and manipulate the medium as well, for example, my watercolor paintings are not made in the traditional ways of layering transparent colors, but are revealed in bold and vibrant colors that sometimes integrate into one another, creating an unexpected moment. My collages are studies in 2 dimensional and 3-dimensional compositional movements, reminiscent of modern architecture.

While I still have a special place in my heart for the discipline of design, there is something so beautiful and freeing about not ever having to fear that someone will come between your paintbrush and your canvas. The expression is pure and I have become completely enveloped in this.

Has it been a smooth road?
I would say the biggest challenge I felt was not being around other adults on a daily basis – having those adult conversations. My world consisted of Thomas the Train and Sophia the first. While I enjoyed being home and there for my children, it was tough to have the mental space and energy to much else.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Dawn M Trimble Art – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
As a business, I create original watercolor, acrylic and mixed media artwork for people wanting modern, original artwork. I believe my background in design allows me to experiment with different ways of creating abstract art. With some artists there is a “look” to their work – they create variations of a theme in beautiful ways. With my work, there are themes that are consistent, but each collection might look a little different, but all made by me. Just as the late architect, Zada Hadid created many buildings that looked different from each other – her “fingerprint” was evident in each one and this is what linked them together.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that Atlanta is home to a diverse group of professionals. I am sometimes irked by the traffic – especially when I’m trying to make a movie! LOL!

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