Geri Dunn knew from an early age that her passion was art. Geri’s interest in the West manifested itself through childhood drawings, and impressions gathered while growing up in a small town, rich with ranching history. A self-confessed dreamer, Geri strives to go beyond just the basic techniques of drawing, trying to convey the mood and feeling of the subject in all her drawings. Geri enjoys creating each new piece of graphite artwork, and continues to excel in honing her skills as an artist. Geri recently participated in the Quick Draw events, at both the Death Valley Invitational Art Show and the Phippen Museum Art Show. In August, Geri hosted a drawing class of 11 students, sponsored by the Artistic Pony Studio. Geri continues to live in Santa Ynez, CA with her family.
Background and Training
Geri was born in 1967 in Lawndale, CA. In 1976, Geri and her family moved to Santa Ynez Valley, just north of Santa Barbara. Geri has been drawing since she was 9 years old, and has nurtured her natural gift to draw ever since. Although Geri has had no formal training in the arts, her art has been greatly influenced by Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt, Frank McCarthy and William Matthews. Geri has called the Santa Ynez Valley her home for over 32 years.
Exhibitions and Festivals
Currently, Geri’s artwork can be found in Prescott, Az at Jenny Longhorn, a new modern western gallery/boutique. Her artwork is also displayed at the Artistic Pony Studio, located in Solvang, CA and Murphy’s Fine Furniture, located in Buellton, CA.
Geri has participated in several one-person art shows, including the Solvang Gallery, located in Solvang, CA, Grossman Gallery, located in Lompoc, CA and The Artistic Pony Studio, located in Solvang, CA. She has also participated in several outdoor art festivals, including many invitation-only events, such as:
2006-2010 Death Valley 49er’s Invitational Art Show, Death Valley, CA
2006-2010 Santa Ynez Day, Santa Ynez, CA
2007 Boulder City Art Show, Boulder City, NV
2007-2010 Big Bear Invitational Art Show, Big Bear Lake, CA
2007 Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Art Show. Monterey, CA
2008-2009 Western States Horse Expo Equine Art Show, Sacramento, CA
2009 Morro Bay Arts in the Park, Morro Bay, CA
2009 Harbor Arts Festival, Oxnard, CA
2009 Palm Springs Art Festival, Palm Springs, CA
2010 Mission Federal Artwalk, San Diego, CA
2010 Phippen Museum Invitational Art Show, Prescott, AZ
2010 Artwalk 2010, Thousand Oaks, CA
2010 Prescott Rodeo Days, Prescott, AZ
Second Place Award for the Lompoc Valley Art Association Art Show, 2009.
Third Place Award for the Artist Guild of the Santa Ynez Valley Art Show, 2010.
Second Place Award for the Death Valley Art Show, Plein Air Competition, 2009.
Third Place Award for the Death Valley Art Show, People’s Choice, 2009.