Dawn Montgomery was raised in a home surrounded by art. Her mother had degrees in graphic art and interior design, and there were several looms and a photography lab in the house. In high school she studied at the Crealdé School of Art and with Barbara Bassett in Winter Park, Florida. She took drawing and painting courses while studying architecture and city planning at the University of Virginia. Completing her graduate studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology she worked for seven years in the city planning field. Influenced by this background, she is drawn to the angles and planes, and the contrast between resilience and decay, found in the urban and natural landscape.
Montgomery’s usual subject matter in painting varies between land and city scapes to complete abstraction. Moving back and forth from an abstract to a landscape helps her see things in a new way. She has discovered a synergy when working on two genres at the same time. Dawn is inspired by the work of Amer Kobaslija, Edward Hopper, and Mark Rothko.
Montgomery is a member of the FemArt Gallery and the Jacksonville Artists Guild.