Peppermint Daydreams

Christy Pepper Dawson is the mad scientist behind the art of Peppermint Daydreams. Christy hails from a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. As an only child, she did not associate as much with other children her age, but instead found herself communing with insects and imaginary creatures. These creatures speak to her even now, influencing her art to this day. She is a painter, illustrator, and photographer that can create a macabre world of misfits and outcasts and yet coat them in a sticky layer of molasses and gumdrops. Somehow this San Diego based artist extraordinaire manages to do just that while holding on to her Eastern Canadian roots.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Drawing is something I've always done. When I was a teeny tiny girl, I would make storybooks, flip-books, and random sketches on anything I could find. My mom would calm me down at restaurants (I was quite hyper as a kid) by giving me a pen and letting me draw on the paper place mats. It always served as entertainment for me.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
You mean other than creating art?....Sleeping! I get a ton of inspiration from my dreams. Plus if I don't have a productive day, I know that when I doze off I'll create something amazing; like build an entire city out of cotton candy, or tame a wild and endangered BearPig.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Oye, keeping track of everything. I constantly make lists on paper and in my head. If you open one of my sketchbooks, you'll find that about 25% of it is lists.

What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
My Orphans print.
These guys just look so peaceful, and that's the mood I'm in right now. Ready to grab a book and get lost in an adventure. Plus I've dreamt of having super long arms before. That would really come in handy; especially when you're picking apples from a tree.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I would say 'I'm going to be a cartoonist.' What I really meant was 'I'm going to be an illustrator.' Pretty crazy how that worked out.

What other artists out there do you love?
Oh boy, this is a tough one to narrow down. We could be here all day. Here are a few:
Mark Ryden
Camille Rose Garcia
The Clayton Brothers
Hans Bellmer
Tim Burton
Edward Gorey
Francis Bacon
Yoshitomo Nara
James Jean
Pierre et Gilles
Lotte Reiniger
Michel Gondry
Marcel Dzama
Chris Ware

What does your future hold?
Animation! I've been featuring different animations on my facebook page for the past few months, and I've finally caught the bug to make my own. It's something I haven't worked with since junior high. It's terribly exciting, and a bit nerve wracking at the same time. I have a lot to learn but, so far, so good!