Dawn Whitelaw maintains a studio in Franklin, Tennessee. The opportunity to paint “en plein air” with colleagues in the Cumberland Society of Painters adds richness and honesty to her studio work. Ms. Whitelaw is currently on the faculty of the Peninsula School of Art and a recent faculty member at both the Susan K. Black Foundation and Plein Air Convention and Expo. For over 25 years she taught basic principles of oil painting as an adjunct instructor at David Lipscomb University. She continues to teach throughout the country by conducting workshops in oil painting principles. Most of her formal instruction comes from continuing study with New York painter, Everett Raymond Kinstler. Other influential teachers include Charles Cox, Jim Pollard, Cedric Egeli, Scott Christensen, T. Allen Lawson and Quang Ho.
In 2014 and 2015 she received awards at The Olmsted Plein Air Festival, Door County Plein Air Festival, Peidmont Plein Air Event, and Plein Air Richmond. Plein Air Magazine featured her work in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Whitelaw was one of ten American women artists invited to exhibit in “Inspiring Figures” at the Butler Institute of American Art in 2010. She is one of several artists featured in THE ART OF COMMUNITY, a book high-lighting the collection of Janet and Jim Ayers. She recently had a painting accepted into the permanent collection of the Rahr-West Art museum.
She is currently serving as the Vice-Chairman of the Portrait Society of America.