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Profile-Picture-Dawn-PetrillHello!  My name is Dawn and I am an artist.

 It has taken me a long time to be able to say those words again.  Again?

Yes.  I started off as an artist.  I went to the Cleveland institute of Art and got a degree in Illustration.  I was a freelance illustrator for a number of years supplemented with various odd jobs.  Then my husband and I began to raise a family and my artist endeavors slowed to a trickle for 10 years.

But I raised (actually, am still raising) 3 happy kids, so my time wasn’t wasted!

About 3 years ago, when my youngest daughter started school, I began to paint.  I fell in love with art all over again and decided to rededicate myself to being an artist.

I started my business, Art At Dawn, where I’m striving to create a platform that encompasses my passion for art along with connections to the things that matter most.   My family and friends,  God, and the creative world surrounding me.

I am happy and blessed to be able to be to say that I am an artist, and to say it with pride.

To those of you who have followed me on this journey thus far I say, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your love and support.  I couldn’t have done it without you!

To those who are meeting me for the first time.  Welcome.  I hope you’ll stay awhile and get to know me.  And if you like what you see, please let me know so that I can get to know you as well.

xoxo Dawn  (Someday I’ll learn how to actually sign my name in cyberspace!)


On a photo shoot in an enchanting antique mall here in Columbus, OH. Check out those crazy ceramic hands!


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