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In command of his art

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December 13, 2017

In command of his art

Veteran Seal Brandon Secrest uses some of the skills he learned as a Navy SEAL in his education at CIA

By Karen Sandstrom



It’s not difficult to find examples of artists throughout history who had military experience. Paul Gauguin served in the French Navy. Designer John Paul Miller ’40 served in the Army. Even the late Bob Ross, he of the soothing voice and PBS painting lessons, was at one time a U.S. Air Force master sergeant.



Yet it’s still surprising to come across Brandon Secrest, 35, who in 2016 traded in his command as a Navy SEAL to start over as a freshman at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Now in his second year, Secrest is majoring in Sculpture + Expanded Media....

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