John Dawson (b. 1937)

Pinyon Pine, c. 1995
Watercolor, 5.5 in x 3.75 in
A natural history illustrator who works mainly in acrylics, John Dawson was born and raised in California, where he attended the Art Center School of Los Angeles, Since 1980 he has illustrated regularly for National Geographic magazine. His paintings are featured in the book The Art of National Geographic: A Century of Illustration. In February 2000 he spoke at National Geographic magazine's annual lecture series in Washington, D.C. Dawson was commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to illustrate the Nature of America stamp series. He has designed wayside exhibits for the National Park Service for parks from Maine to Alaska and has illustrated several titles for the Golden Book series for children. Many of the paintings and sketches featured in his book The Grand Canyon: An Artists View (with text by Charles Craighead) are in Grand Canyon Associations permanent collection. Mr. Dawson and his wife, Kathleen, live in Hilo, Hawaii.

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