Dawnne’s fascination with the sea began as a child growing up on the peninsula of Kintyre Campbelltown, Scotland and hearing the stories of her fisherman father. This fascination led her to study the science of waves, which she has used to create precise paintings that convey the power and brutality of the sea. Born in 1969, Dawnne trained at the Glasgow School of Art, after which she was awarded a scholarship to study Fine Art at the University of Ohio, US. In 2013, Dawnne was awarded the Jolomo Bank of Scotland prize for landscape painting.
Dawnne studies the forces that create waves through mathematical equations and by using the Beaufort Wind Force Scale. Dawnne sets out the working of each wave state using the scale and then paints directly on top, encapsulating the mathematics within the painting. Dawnne describes herself as focused and obsessed.
Dawnne submitted six oil and ink paintings of the sea at Eshaness, Shetland for the Spectrum Art Prize. Describing her fascination with waves, Dawnne stated: “I love watching the wind drag across the surface, pulling and agitating, making slants and troughs, noticing the troughs get deeper and steeper as they collect the wind and realising this long, rolling swell originated in an ocean storm prior to breaking away from the disturbances of the unsettled sea miles away from the shore and me.”
“Dawnne’s subject is the logical formation of waves, yet her paintings are extremely sentimental and have the ability to hold your emotion.” - Charming Baker, Artist
“It is very hard to paint water realistically, Dawnne has done just that.” – Richard Billingham, Photographer/Videographer
“Dawnne feels the need to understand the forces on the waves through mathematics and the Beaufort scale, she has spent considerable time researching this.” – Mary Simpson, CEO of Spectrum
“The wave is held up, not by the eye, but by science and rationale.” – Sacha Craddock, Art Curator
“Diagrammatical accounts of the progress of the tide and the moon lie beneath Dawnne McGeachy’s powerfully painted representations of a wave as they are about to break. These paintings underpin, with force, the fact that visual representation is made up of so much more than appearance alone.” – Sacha Craddock, Curator