Dawn Okoro, a painter and University of Texas alum, is pursuing her craft while she's enrolled as a third-year law student at Texas Southern University in Houston - and yet she's become something of an accidental celebrity consort and a portrait artist to the stars.
So far she's teamed up with Erykah Badu to raise awareness for the singer's nonprofit organization, and has had Shaun Robinson of "Access Hollywood" and Victoria's Secret model Nichole both commission portraits. She's shown artwork in London, and even sent a painting to a show in Australia whose organizer turned out to have appeared in a recent "Star Wars" flick. Okoro's art has recently graced the pages of Paris-based "CLAM" magazine. With minimal self-promotion Okoro has managed to sell several dozen paintings and has developed cadres of collectors in Dallas, New York and Los Angeles. While she spends her school years in Houston, she plans to make her home base New York City.
Source: Jenny Miller- Austin American Statesman