Dawn Secord
Artist Biography
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Dawn in front of her oil painting "Nature's Alarm Clock".   
The painting is being shown at the "Art Meets Floral 2021" exhibit at the Craig-Heard Center of the Arts in historic McKinney, Texas.
September 2021
Dawn finishing an acrylic painting for her first exhibit:  May 1980
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Phil 2:10-11

Dawn finishing painting during a timed quick draw event at an art show 2018.  

The goal with any paintings is not to copy the photo.  The goal is to use a photo as reference material and create something that truly engages the viewer.
Dawn was raised in Texas and enjoyed spending time with her dogs, cats, horse and critters. When not outside with her pets, she would be inside drawing and painting animals.  

In high school she was given a key to the art department and allowed to create her own self study courses. Her work hung in the school trophy case as well as the school’s main office. Dawn had several art scholarship offers but decided to pursue an education in finance. She paints western art, landscapes, seascapes, and still life but her passion is painting animals.

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 painterly approach. With pastels, she pursues photorealism. 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. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Pastel Society of the Southwest and is an artist registered with the AKC Museum of the Dog. 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. Recent cover work includes the January 1, 2017 issue of The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the August 2019 issue of The Irish Setter Club of America—Memo to Members.

Dawn illustrated a children’s book titled Show Dogs Escape to the Seashore with dog writer and American Kennel Club judge, Marsha Hall Brown. She has illustrated a second book for this same author titled Under Sun, Stars and Sails in 2019. She has recently completed writing and illustrating her own children’s picture book which is due to be released in February 2021.

In her spare time, Dawn shows her dogs competitively. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Irish Setter Club of America and belongs to several other dog related clubs.

Dawn lives in Texas with her husband, Rich, their rollicking Irish Setters, some pampered cats, a lively cockatiel, a small flock of awesome fluffy chickens and a rooster named Fabio.
Memberships and Affiliations:

*Pastel Society of America - Signature Member
*Pastel Society of the Southwest - Member
*AKC - Museum of the Dog - Registered Artist

*Cat Writers Association of America - Professional Member
*Dog Writers Association of America - Professional Member
*Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
*Pet Sitters International - Life Time Member, Pet Sitter of the Year 2003

Board Member- Irish Setter Club of America

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email:  Dawn SecordArtist@gmail.com

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Dawn working on an oil painting - 
plein air Laguna Beach, California January 2010