Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Dawna Hope is now a resident of Mayo. She is a citizen of Na Cho Nyak Dun First Nation.
Local species of fish provide the scales with which Dawna creates her fish scale flower artwork. Na Cho Nyak Dun elder Nancy Hager instructed Hope on the preparation, cleaning and dying of the scales. Bingo dabbers provide the vibrant colours used in her work. Dawna is also a self-taught airbrush artist, combining both brush and airbrush to express her passion for painting. Avid fisher and hunter, she finds inspiration in the nature that surrounds her.