Welcome to New Dawn Studios!

I'm so happy to meet you! I'm Dawn, a Virginia artist with a love of the land and new experiences. My life and art are inspired by the soul of place, the natural world and the story of this life unfolding all around us—and within us. 

Dawn in Barcelona * Daring Adventures With the New

I create as I go. M
y commitment is to live an art & soul life and support you in doing the same.

Dawn Richerson Portfolio - Painting. Surface Pattern Design. Photography.

Where in the World Is Dawn? Why does she wear funny hats?


Maybe it was moving every two years as I was growing up. Maybe it was the larger-than-life story that was alive in me. Or the way I see life as an adventure. Whichever it is, I love to be on the way! The photo above was taken in Barcelona. I'm in my Irish wool sweater and silly hat because they make me happy!! I explored Spain, France and later England after living in Ireland for three years. Before catching a flight stateside for more adventures in the continental US, I stopped to take a quick snap of me in the glass window because... 

      Well, why not? I hope you find joy in the moments, too!

Dawn hiking at Glacier National ParkI spent 5 years in wander-wonder mode, exploring the heart of America, particularly national parks and the Southwest, then haded north to Glacier in Montana (that's sunburned me after a glorious hike). Wow, what a day! Silly hats, like slightly off-kilter whimsical doodles and designs, are my signature style ;) The soul of the places I visited connected me to what was alive in me and I started painting to share the wonder and mystery I found on the way. 

What brings you to life? What is alive in you?


Say Yes to Soul-inspired Living Every Day

On the Way - Books by Dawn Richerson

We are here for the experience of life itself. That's what I know for sure. My life and work are informed by the journey we are making together. The quote to the left is from my book, Journey to the Heartland, a spiritual memoir which traces my experiences on the way when I took a month-long journey to follow my thirst for life and the desire for it.