Dawn was raised in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, which she happily left, to attend college at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA in Fine Arts in 1992, having majored in Fine Arts Printmaking and minored in the History of Art. Feeling a bit jaded and world-weary with New York City, she relocated to Southern California. She continued drawing, painting, and photographing. Her real job eventually brought her to Chicago, where she stopped creating artwork and started creating a family. She has lived in Northwest Indiana for over a dozen years with her husband and two sons.
In 2009, she began creating artwork again, which she fully credits with keeping her almost sane. She started with drawings. Within a year, she realized she needed to be back in the art scene, and hasn't looked back. She began painting, then mixed media work and, more recently, a return to her printmaking roots. She makes art every single day.