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Dawn Petrill

Art At Dawn

Artist Statement

I often refer to my work as “nature intensified”. I strive to reveal the undercurrent of the natural world- not just what it looks like, but its essence. But to fully engage with my work, the viewer must shift their focus between the layers in my paintings. 

On the surface are the nuances of color, the dance of light and shadow, and the interplay of the forms within the composition.  Beneath that are the objects and texture that the paint traverses, flowing over and around them.

At some point the viewer will recognize objects embedded within the painting such as feathers, string, shells, and netting.  They may disengage their focus from the entirety of the piece to examine how those objects are positioned and the colors coating them.

Their focus can then shift back to the full painting with the knowledge of how those materials and objects are incorporated and harmonizes within the composition.

What excites me is how this interpretation of life and nature can shift with each new canvas. There are endless possibilities, and I’ve only just begun to explore them.


Dawn is a 1995 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and received a Masters of Arts and Liberal Studies in studio arts from Wesleyan University in 2001.  She began her artistic career as an illustrator, but has transitioned to become a fine artist through her business, Art At Dawn LLC.  Dawn exhibits her work  locally and throughut the State of Ohio.  She also teaches children and adults out of a studio in her Dublin, OH home where she lives with her husband, 3 children, and rescue pup. Dawn is a member of  the Dublin Art League,  Worthington Art League, Ohio Art League, and the National League of American Pen Women.


You can find Dawn’s work on her Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ArtAtDawn

                                                       Instagram: www.instagram.com/artatdawn

                                                       Contact her: artatdawn123@gmail.com