Dawn Rentz (1970 - ) received her formal artistic education at the Savannah College of Art and Design. After college she moved to Asheville, NC to start her own business, creating hand printed home furnishing fabrics and accessories. At this time, she also started to paint and within three years she closed her furnishing business to concentrate on her painting. It is the rolling hills and big skies of her childhood memories in rural Wisconsin that give Rentz the inspiration for her paintings. She is also inspired by the terrain and botany of the places to which she travels. She lives and works in Asheville, NC. She describes her artistic work (paintings and textiles) as being neither literal nor abstract but representations of experiences condensed into imagery.