Dawn Sidoli`s father sparked an interest in his young daughter by drawing animals for her; later, as she enjoyed riding along the Solway Firth in Cumbria, he bought her ‘How to Draw Horses’. She had her first watercolour box from him & still has it. Years later, Northampton School of Art gave her a thorough Foundation Course including anatomy, life drawing & continuous sketching. Art Clubs, in Newark & Clifton helped to keep continuity while her family were growing up. Once in Bristol, near London, she discovered great painters like Auerbach, Herman, Eardley, Redpath, & Lowry. Her future was clear.