A bachelorette party brought Mallory Dawn to Las Vegas, and its friendly community has kept her here.
A graduate of Ohio State working in fashion design in New York City, Dawn decided to give Vegas a shot and found a warm, resourceful world ready to nurture her artistic dreams. “I got really lucky. I found great friends and really started developing a life here,” says the artist and creative director for the Juice Standard. She was working at a dayclub and blasting her art across social media (using the adorable handle IceCream&Cupcakes, an homage to her notorious sweet tooth—“I went through a period where I thought I could live on sugar. I had no real food in the fridge”) when painting and creating started to take over. “I started getting offers and commissioned pieces and started slowly building this art career, something I never thought could be a reality when I was younger.”
Dawn began in aerosols and now works in all mediums. She has painted large-scale abstracts for homes here and in New York and Laguna Beach and done lots of portrait work. She finished a big job at the corporate offices of the Cosmopolitan and is preparing to travel to Peru and Costa Rica to work on murals. She says she owes much of her success to the welcoming ways of Las Vegas. “It’s so reassuring that this city wants to give art and artists a fair shot, to put care into art careers,” she says.