Hilo Artist’s Work to Be Featured on USPS Bonsai Stamp Series (audio)

August 22, 2011

The United States Postal Service will feature Hilo artist John D. Dawson’s work on five forever stamps in 2012.

Dawson’s first stamps for the postal service were in the 1980s, the American Cats stamp series. Since then he has created the Idaho statehood
stamp, a flowering trees series, and the Nature of America series.  The final set in that series featured a Hawaiian rain forest, and was
introduced at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park last December.  Despite having so many stamps before this one, Dawson and his wife Kathie say they are thrilled about this latest honor. 

His first big job was the ants of the world for National Geographic, the largest illustration project the magazine had done at the time.  Dawson
worked on it for two years, and says he learned a lot about ants.   Later, National Geographic sent him to Peru to watch the unraveling of a mummy. 
Dawson sketched the unraveling in artistic layers.

Dawson sketches all the time…in the rain forest, at airports, at the doctor’s office.  He says he’s  inspired everywhere by everything…but
Hawaii Island clearly provides a creative atmosphere.  He says the United States Postal Service has not told him exactly when the stamps will be released.

Dawson has been working at his art for more than 50 years and has thousands of pieces.    His next major project is a one man show coming up
next August.

Note:  Dawson will be a guest on an upcoming Island Issues radio interview.  Check the web site, www.islandissues.com, for the air date.
Listen to BINC interview here
John Dawson Interview

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