Dawn F. Neyland is a self-taught artist who was born in 1975 and raised in the Irish Channel/Garden District of New Orleans. She is a published author, a loving wife, and a mother of two. Interested in art for many years, she did not begin to take those interests to paper until the summer of 1998 when she actually created two of the images from her recent collection, Novelle Orleans Reves en Noir et Blanc (New Orleans Dreams in Black and White). For about 13 years, she simply deemed her artwork as “just a form of meditation” and never earnestly considered publication. Until the artist was urged by persistent commentators regarding her natural ability for the medium was she; then, compelled to consider her “meditations” in a different light.
Love is Amazing:
This pieces happened organically just like the real thing, and simply speaks to the reflections, fruitful persistence, fullness and resiprocity that is love — THE ULIMATE HARVEST!
N.O. Solubility: An experiment on deconstruction of celluloid forms. It lends itself to the ever-present preoccupation and dread of the city being inundated by water and/or culture, and it being eventually dissolved into greater culture, mass media and disproportionate conventions
Hopes Fortunate: Louisiana Waterfall
Inspired by the dissociation of something semblant to a remote vacation destination, not being ordinarily associated with “Sportsman’s Paradise” when, in fact, Louisiana does afford one, at least, two locations for such a venue. This title reminds us to feel the fortunate and to keep the posture of hope and serenity indicative of standing near such a marvelous sight to behold, as in the ebb and flow of life.
Grapes & Ally: It’s Harvest Time in New Orleans
Inspired by the slogan “New Orleans, You’re different Here”. It is an introduction to a series which bridges the idea of aligning the common denominators of singularity that can be found in our differences, embracing those distinctions and celebrating them in this cultural hodge-podge city on one of the greatest wonders of all worlds–planet Earth or planet New Orleans.
It is an illustration on how fortunate we are to be alive and well at this time and in such a unique and special place like New Orleans and on Earth. Both Earth and New Orleans evolved out of anomalous odds and under precarious conditions that should not have ordinarily or scientifically yielded two such unique and viable places for civilizations.
Furthermore the idea explores that there may be others who are aware of this. And just as tourists may be curious about visiting New Orleans and willing to explore the intrinsic beauty of a city built on a swamp; perhaps, there are other worlds and intelligent life seeking to explore and appreciate a planet perfectly positioned 93 million miles from its sun and that has been fortunate enough to maintain a perfect 23.5 tilted axis for stable life-giving seasons with added help of a stabilizing moon.
The Allies will be a visual art series with my (sometimes anecdotal) take on this possibility. Allies are coming… to appreciate the attractions of New Orleans, perhaps, as much as humans do. They will be popping up around New Orleans soon. Stay tuned…
A Soliloquy of New Orleans:
This pieces simply depicts New Orleans, then and now. It alludes to a possible futuristic view of the town