Dawn Sagar

Dawn Sagar

I am fascinated with place. I love how we are transformed by moving through place, how a simple morning walk fills us with sensory information, sounds and scents, the way the light is hitting a particular rock or building, the feel of air on skin. The unique character of each different environment lies in this sensory information. With each step place becomes part of us as we become part of it.

I am a landscape artist living in Kailua-Kona Hawaii. My work is about ephemeral moments, utilizing moments in time at specific locations to convey emotional content.

Growing up on a farm in northern Colorado gave me a unique perspective on scale in landscape. Colorado has very dramatic landscapes, and is a place of ever-shifting light. Since then I’ve lived in Berlin, Minnesota, spent half a year in Chicago, and several years on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, each of which offered very different and amazing inspirations.

Oils are my preferred media as they layer so beautifully allowing me to convey the sense of light in a work. Part of my studio practice includes drawing daily. I also paint with pastels and watercolor, but oils are my go-to media.


I’ve been showing artwork in juried, group, and solo shows since 1993.

My artwork is in corporate collections including Pittsburg Steel, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Pindell Industries.


  • 2012 MFA, Interdisciplinary Art |Goddard College
  • 1993 BA, Studio Art |Saint Olaf College. Cum Laude, Departmental Distinction in Painting

Art Awards

  • 2014, Two Donor Awards, Peninsula Art League Juried Show, Gig Harbor WA
  • 2014, “Strokes of Genius 6, The Best of Drawing” Published Drawing
  • 2012, “Drawing Outside the Lines” Published, Manifest INDA 7
  • 2011, Purchase Award, Collective Visions Art Gallery, Bremerton WA


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