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     John D. Dawson was born and raised in San Diego, California. From the age of three, John and his family knew that art was his calling. With the complete support of his working-class parents, they allowed him to follow his dreams. He graduated from The Art Center School, Los Angeles, California which is now The Art Center College of Art and Design established in Pasadena, California.

     John spent time in the Army Reserves while he worked on the beginning of his art career. Detroit, Michigan and some automobile art kept him occupied for about a year after graduation and then he returned to San Diego and worked in the advertising art business while doing freelance jobs on the side. Eventually, after 16 years in advertising, John went out on his own. The United States Postal Service, National Park Service, United Nations, National Wildlife Federation, University of Hawai’i at Hilo I'miloa Astronomy Center, and the National Geographic Society, Audubon Society, among many others, have used his talents including private commissions.

     Over the last eleven years, John has worked continuously with the United States Postal Service. The Nature in America series is one of his proudest accomplishments along with a majority of the new art displayed in the recently renovated Kilauea Visitor Center here at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

     Currently John is working on a long-term project which will display fifty years of his drawings in various forms of display.
     John, and his wife Kathleen, have lived in Hilo, Hawaii for the past twenty years. He finds inspiration in travel, family, and the ordinary details and events as well as the extraordinary.

contact John & Kathie:  / 808.959.2008 - Hilo, Hawaii


clients   and  publications


a naturalist's notebook, great smokey mountain national park

all the birds of north america field guide

american museum of natural history

american association for the advancement of science magazine 

audubon society

audubon magazine

bronx zoo

buck knives 

crm books


environmental protection agency (EPA)

earth day poster

field & Stream magazine

franklin library

golden books (macmillion/st. martin's press)

grand canyon association

grand canyon national park

green hour, national wildlife federation website

greenwich workshop

great smokey mountain national Park Association

Haggis House Publications

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai'i natural history association

haleakala national park

harcourt school publications

houghton mifflin

houghton mifflin harcourt

harvard press

mo media / it's a honu world

morris the cat
national geographic magazine

national geographic society 

national park service harpers ferry center

national wildlife federation

nursing magazine

orlando park illinois library

ortho books

oceans magazine

outdoor life magazine

page museum at la brea tar pits

pittsburg zoo

psychology today magazine

quaker oats

reader's digest books

ranger rick magazine 

san diego zoo

shambhala publications 

sports afield magazine

star kist

tanimoto gallery

the grand canyon, an artist view

united nations

united states forest service

united states postal service

united states state department

university of hawai'i i'miloa astronomy center

workbook  publishers

workman publishing

world book encyclopedia

winsor newton 

zoo atlanta



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