Dawn Radford is an alumnus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she obtained her BFA in 2017. Her primary focus is Painting and Scientific Illustration. Prior to her degree she spent five years serving in the United States Navy as Medical Corpsman. During this time she provided humanitarian work in numerous countries. Once her tour was finished in 2012 she attended College of Dupage where she obtained her Emergency Medical Licensure. During her tour in the Navy, Radford began a tattoo apprenticeship in Virginia Beach, VA.