In college Dunn majored in religion and minored in fine arts, studying with the Dutch painter, Charles Stegeman. It was Professor Stegeman who first suggested to Dunn a career in medicine: “You are a very competent painter and do fabulous work, but I believe your heart is elsewhere.” During this time, Dunn studied privately in Erie for several years with painter, Andrew Sanders. After a long hiatus, Dunn resumed painting working in acrylic during his many trips to the Georgian Bay region of Ontario.
During the late 1990s Dunn recognized a new purpose to painting through the counsel of a dear friend, Brother Thomas, a world-renowned potter. By this time, landscape painting had become the metaphor through which a new vision of surgery and therapeutics in general emerged. This subsequently was the substance of much professional writing and lecturing. For Dunn, painting had become a form of meditation, often predicting future philosophical developments in his medical work as well as summarizing previous ideas. Concurrent with this evolution of thought, a stylistic transition from plein air renderings on 8”X10” panels to larger, more abstract works has been taking place. His preferred mediums are acrylic and oil.
Dunn has had several pieces exhibited at the Erie Art Museum’s Spring Show over the years, several one-man shows at Glass Growers Gallery in Erie, and a one-man show at the Erie Insurance Company. His work was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Annual Members Exhibition of the Salmagundi Club of New York. Dr. Dunn sells his work through Glass Growers Gallery and is available for commissions.