Ann Dawsonis a non-representational painter who began life in Cape Town, South Africa and trained in Cape Town at the Alfred Krenz School of Art. She left the country, however, renouncing her citizenship because she decried the nationalist policies of apartheid. She says of the decision that .."leaving my family and my country was the most difficult and traumatic decision of my life - at the time it was necessary to either accept the standards imposed by a government whose policies and ideologies I abhorred , or fight the system - and bring problems to myfamily. "After leaving South Africa, AnnDawson went to London, England where she lived and worked for four years and studied at the Chelsea School of Art - subsequently relocating with her husband to Switzerland and then to the United Sates in 1974.
Light and water became and remain the source of her inspiration.
Ann Dawson studied sculpture under Paul Lucchesi of Pietrasanta, Italy and oil techniques under Karl Connolly,artist in residence at the Walters Gallery in Baltimore - in 1996 she moved to Austin,Texas and was selected as one of The Texas Fine Arts Association artists and in 2000 as one of the Austin Museum of Art’s 10 artists of 2000. Ann Dawson's paintings have shown in Causey Contemporary (formerly Chi ) Gallery New York, The Contemporary Art Fair in New York, Bridge Art Fair Miami, The Design Center in Washington DC,The Artists’ Museum Washington DC,Main Street Gallery Annapolis MD and Harris Gallery, Houston, TX – her works are included in private collections in London, New York, Washington, Chicago,Annapolis, Salisbury, Austin, Cape Town and Johannesburg.