Thursday, July 04, 2019

the moreno valley & me, part one

The first time I entered and crossed the Moreno Valley was in July, 1982. I had just completed a Rayado Trek at Philmont. My brothers were both working as Rangers at Philmont that summer along with ....  
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Friday, June 21, 2019

letting go of home

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 would have been my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary.

It’s also the day that I learned my childhood home has been destroyed.

My home of 42 years....

Continue reading my latest musings here.

Monday, November 05, 2018

painting my way back to philmont....

Back in July I headed to Philmont** to celebrate the grand opening of the Philmont Staff Association's beautiful new office. 

But really more importantly, I went back to commune with my deepest "soul home," one which had recently been ravaged terribly by fire and had burned a raw hole in my very being.

Here's a link to the story of that journey, which I published in the summer on my main blog over on my website: 

Painting my way back to Philmont

**If you are new to my work and you don't know what Philmont is, all will be revealed to you here in my personal story.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

never. the. less.

never. the. less.
by dawn chandler

Never. The. Less.
by Dawn Chandler 

contemporary figurative painting
mixed media collage

24” x 24” x 1.5

Never.The.Less. is my response to Kyo Gallery's call to create a painting inspired by the idea of "Resist/Recover. " A departure from my usual landscapes, Never. The. Less. is a brief and passionate return to figurative mixed media, as I populate the painting with a community of women from across the ages — including some from my own family.
Never. The Less. is available at Kyo Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. Contact them here to make this provocative yours .

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