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Dawn Secord

Dawn Secord was raised in Texas and enjoyed spending time with her dogs, cats, horse and critters. In 1996 she left the corporate world to pursue a career as a fine artist. Her favorite mediums are oil and pastel. With oils, she enjoys a loose painterly approach. With pastels, she pursues photo-realism. She loves the quality and detail pastels allow her to capture when working on animal paintings. Dawn’s work is known for the emotion captured in the animal’s eyes.

Dawn is an internationally collected artist. Her paintings have won many awards, have been juried in numerous exhibits, and have been awarded several Best in Shows. Dawn’s work has been on magazine covers and as featured stories in national art, business and animal publications such as The Pastel Journal, The Canine Chronicle, The Western Art Collector, North Lights Book Magazine, the Irish Setter Club of America’s Memo to Members, Borzoi International and The American Kennel Club’s Gazette.

Dawn illustrated a children’s book titled Show Dogs Escape to the Seashore with retired American Kennel Club judge, Marsha Hall Brown. She has illustrated a historical book for this same author in 2019. She has recently completed writing and illustrating her own children’s picture book, No Ghoulish Green Monsters Here, which features her Irish Setter, Bling, as the main character. The book was released in Spring 2021. Dawn has won a number of national awards for her illustrations.

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