Dawn Petrill- Art At Dawn

Passing Through

36″ x 36″ Acrylic and Mixed Media. I painted this in little bits of time that my Mother-in-law was battling COCID and other health related issues. As I painted, the birds became more numerous and came to represent a life force that was slicing through the landscape- dark and beautiful against the colorful landscape. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law moved on, just as these birds eventually will, passing through the landscape.

Hope Beyond Hope

28″ x 22″ Acrylic and Mixed Media. Inspired by a family trip to CA many years ago. We had taken a hike and then come to this breathtaking view in the clearing of the trees. The title refers to the feeling I got when viewing this vista- but also looking ahead to the feeling I get when looking ahead towards the future. My hope goes beyond hope to the further vistas ahead.

I wanted you to know

36″ x 36″ Acrylic and Mixed Media. The title of this piece was inspired by a Harry Potter book I was listening to as I painted. The story is filled with mystery and intrigue, and we’re often in the middle of it not quite knowing how it will end. I wanted to convey that mysterious feeling about this California Coast painting as well.

A Calm Landing

20″ x 16″ Acrylic and Mixed Media. An egret lands in the midst of an inlet. She is alone but not lonely. Solitary by choice. Finding calm where she can.

Dignity II

24″ x 20″ Acrylic and Mixed Media. Inspired by an old tree stump who seemed to be saying, “I am still here, and I am still worthy.”

Fleeting Summer

36″ x 36″ Acrylic and Mixed Media. A late summer trip to Indian Run Falls where my children (and dog) set off exploring in different directions, reminiscent of how they will be leaving to explore their own lives soon.

Truth Shall Set You Free

36″ x 36″ Acrylic and Mixed Media. Sooner or later, all will be revealed. What is hidden will come into the light and be set free.

Scioto River Brave

20″ x 16″ Acrylic and Mixed Media. I often pass this majestic tree on Riverside Dr. along the Scioto River. “Brave” represents how it appears to me, but also conjures up the history it has seen- overcoming obstacles and being a landmark for the Shawnee warriors who settled here before us.

Memories Filtered Through Time

A painting created for the 2021 National League of American Pen Women exhibition where I was inspired by a painting of Alice Schille, a well-known Columbus artist and former Pen Woman. Her light, color, and style filtered into my painting of myself and children when they were young.

Boardwalk Empress

20″ x 16″ Acrylic and Mixed Media. Inspired by a photo I took of my daughter on the boardwalk of a nearby pond. The title refers to her as a modern Empress- elusive, contemplative, and a young lady you’d like to know!