Nancy Dawson is an accomplished Jewelry designer/producer and wood carver. Her art is her livelihood which she approaches with constant enthusiasm and professionalism. As a result her work is actively sought by private collectors, museums, and galleries throughout North America.
Nancy was born in Alert Bay on Northern Vancouver Island in September 1954. Her mother Catherine Beans was from the Mamaleleqala-qwe-qwa-sot-enox nation on Village Island and her father Don Gesinghaus, was of German descent. Nancy credits her family for her success as an artist.
Her mother raised Nancy in the “potlatch circle” which contributed greatly to Nancy’s sound understanding of her culture. However it was through Nancy’s efforts to develop her son’s interest and understanding of Kwaguitl art that she became inspired to begin designing.
The invitation to reproduce her designs in red and yellow cedar could not, and would not be ignored. Nancy has been carving poles and masks since 1980, being invited to participate in the carving of the world’s largest totem pole which graced the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, B.C.
Nancy expanded her portfolio in 1990 to include designing and producing gold and silver Jewelry. Nancy attributes her success to her belief in producing a quality item at a good price and guaranteeing it.
Looking for challenges and opportunities to combine art with culture, and a sound understanding of the principles of business, are lessons she is sharing with her son, also a gifted carver, and her sister, as she trains both to join in her business.
Dawson has developed a lifestyle rich with creative expression; a lifestyle which includes her family and her culture.
Nancy has taken her nephew Vincent Henson under her wing by teaching him to also create beautiful Sterling Silver Jewelry. You will also find his designs on my website under “Shop our Collections” > “Sterling Silver Designers”