Carla Dawson, Painter - St. Louis 

My Left Brain Life

My years as a single mother raising a fabulous son found me making a career in banking.

From 1974 to 1979, I worked my way from teller/clerk up to Assistant Branch Manager at Citizens Savings Association in Moberly, MO (later to be swallowed up by Community Federal to be swallowed up by Boatman’s Bank to be swallowed up by NationsBank to be swallowed up by Bank of America).

My move to St. Louis, MO in 1979 kept my banking career going with United Postal Savings Association (later......Mercantile Bank, later......FirStar, later…..US Bancorp.). During my tenure at UPSA, which lasted until 1991, I advanced from Processing Supervisor in the lending department to Vice President of Mortgage Operations where we were the largest residential mortgage lender in the metropolitan area.

My departure was luckily timed. I was able after 17 years to make some important decisions as to where I wanted to go next, which was most definitely following my long postponed desire to pursue art.

My Right Brain Life

Since 1992 I have been studying and working at finding my niche. I have studied at Washington University; worked in a fine art glass gallery, taken a landscape workshop with Kim English in Aspen, CO; and studied privately with Robert Anthony Ketchens. (I hope to always be a student in some capacity.)

I have also owned and operated a business designing and creating beaded/semi-precious stone jewelry which I exhibited both locally and nationally in juried shows.

I now focus solely on oil painting (and my granddaughters) and am finding great satisfaction.

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