International Guild of Realism
Debra Keirce

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Artist's Statement

My passion is to create beautiful art that puts a smile in your heart. When you view one of my paintings I hope that you feel transported to a comfortable place of love and appreciation.

Using oil colors, I paint realistic artwork from 2 inches to 4 feet tall. My still life, portrait, landscape, animal and miniature paintings are in private, corporate and museum collections across the world. Often, people see a piece that urges them to ask if I can paint it in a different size or color. The answer is always yes! I delight in painting commissions.

I have worked hard to earn signature memberships and awards in many societies and art shows. It's the way I communicate my love for America, for the beauty in things that are odd and vintage, for the legacy of the golden age artists, and for new ways to interact with fine art. Please put a smile in MY heart and join me on this journey. I promise, if you love my art, it loves you back.

Artist's Biography

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, I have painted realistic fine art since the 1980’s when I worked as a biochemical engineer in New England. In 2010, I turned my passion for the visual arts into a full time career. My art is created in a classical realism style here in my Northern Virginia studios.

I paint three different themes that resonate deeply with me. First, I honor the golden age artists of the 17th century with traditional renditions of still life, landscape and portraiture. Their classical realism teachings are the foundation for my oil painting process. Second, I embrace the vintage and surreal. There is beauty in the aging and broken people, places and things around us. Oddities are worthy of contemplation. Third, the vistas, faces and history of America are a joy to paint because our country is so very eclectic, rich and varied. My miniature fine art and hidden painting series offer atypical ways to interact with my art. Centuries ago, paintings were often in cupboards or under curtains until people leaned in to view them. I find that some art is more precious when you put effort into seeing it close up and personal. In these ways, I offer art that is visual and experiential. If you love my oil paintings they love you back by inviting you to feel appreciated, comforted, engaged and at peace.

My work has earned me a long resume. It is in private, museum and corporate collections across the globe, including the USA, Japan, Belize, France, England. I hold signature memberships in over a dozen prestigious societies including Copley Society of Art (as well as their juried portrait registry,) Salmagundi Club, International Guild of Realism, American Women Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. I am a master artist member of Art Renewal Center, the US Coast Guard, and Miniature Artists of America. I have representation at five fine art venues across the country. I consider each of my awards, signature memberships, museum acquisitions, published features and interviews to be affirmations along my art journey. Explore my website to see the palm sized miniature art I create under magnification. Then browse the larger works, up to four feet tall.

While my subject matter varies, every painting has a job. It makes your heart smile. Can you feel the breeze? Do you hear the birds chirping? Can you relate to the mood on that face? Do you want to lean in and smell that flower or taste that grape? Good. Mission accomplished.

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