PHOTO TIPS:  Morning light is the best light - try to avoid noon time photos.

Zoom in on the subject - have the face take up the entire lens of the camera.   Take close up pictures of the eyes, nose and mouth.  Photos of the eyes are the most important for my style of painting.

Digital photos - full size are the best.   Usually, I prefer to work with 8 to 10 photos.   Regular film photos are okay.

If the subject is no longer with us - please provide me with as many photos as possible since one photo will most likely not capture all the detail I use to create the painting.

Each commission piece is priced by size, number of subjects in the painting and the complexity of the background.    All paintings will have a full color background.

Prices do not include shipping, insurance, framing or tax (for Texas residents).

Please refer to the images on the various galleries for examples of portraits completed for ideas on backgrounds for your painting.

All questions are welcome.  
Commission Information
Commissioned work is created using photos as reference materials.  If using a professional photograph, I will need a release from the photographer.

For individuals who live locally, I'd love to meet your pet in person and take additional reference photos if you live in the North Texas area.  

Please feel free to call me or email me should you have questions or to commission a painting.

Studio:  909-544-1661
Studio Line:   909-544-1661


Mailing Address:
Dawn Secord Gallery LLC
P O Box 700
Westminster, Texas 75485
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If taking your own reference material, please refer to the photo tips below