Artist Dawn Waters Baker in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park



BIG BLEND RADIO INTERVIEW: Landscape oil painter Dawn Waters Baker discusses her experiences as the winter National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) artist-in-residence in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Listen to the podcast on: or


Dawn was born and raised an expatriate on the islands of the Philippines. She grew up under the shadow of an active volcano and learned to look for the beauty in lives much harder than her own. In 1994 she moved to Dallas for college where she received her BA in Fine Arts from DBU, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1998. Soon after she married a mathematician, Kendrick Baker and they had three girls, Myla, Keeva and Avia. In her free time she likes to hike, travel to beautiful landscapes and teaches art in Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center once a week for incarcerated youth.

Her art is collected by many businesses as well as private owners.  Her piece, “Release” is on permanent display in the New York Times Building. She finished five original drawings for the book, “Why, O God?” published by Crossway books. She is a Signature member of Artists of Texas. Dawn is affiliated with Mary Tomas Gallery in Dallas Design District, Waterfall Mansion in New York, NY, and Joseph Gierek Fine Art in Tulsa, OK. She was also selected as the 2015 Artist in Residence for Big Bend National Park. She had a solo exhibit in 2016 based on her time and inspiration at the Park. She was also selected as Artist in Residence at Gettysburg National Military Park in 2018 with a solo show of her work in March of 2019. Her work has been in national shows including The National Weather Biennale, Jubilee Museum of Sacred Art Biennale, CIVA Contemporary Images of Mary and Ex Nihilo at Roberts Wesleyan College. She recently had an exhibition of her works at The Nave Museum in September of 2018.

The artist in residence program is sponsored by the National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF), the National Park Service, the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and other generous benefactors. NPAF is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the national parks by creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in natural and historic heritage. All NPAF programs are made possible through philanthropic support. More at  and

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