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Debra
Keirce
ARC Living Artist™
American artist & miniaturist
Nationality:
American


Biographical Information

Contact Info:
Phone: 571-236-0047
Website: www.DebKArt.com


Debra Keirce is originally from Detroit, MI, but now calls Northern VA home. She won several art awards and scholarships in high school, but pursued a degree and career in biochemical engineering. In 1997, Debra was able to leave the corporate engineering world to focus on raising her three children and growing her commission business. At this point, she began painting daily and participating in local art fairs. By 2010, with children in high school and a growing desire to paint her own visions, Debra focused on entering art exhibitions in galleries and museums. In particular, she was drawn to the miniature and small format fine art, where she began to accumulate awards and got to know several other top artists in the genre. She experimented with various subjects, and has settled on urban landscapes and still life with a Trompe L'Oeil and photorealism influence.

Clearly, her engineering background contributes to her love of detail, color and high contrast. Debra explains that she wants for her art to "make people stop, draw closer, smile, and then relate to the story." Her small format artwork encourages this.

Debra's painting technique is a systematic deconstruction and reconstruction. She literally dissects the subject into its subtle changes of values, colors and tones. She uses a magnifying lens when she paints, to capture the smallest detail in the tightest of renderings. Similar to the way a computer composes an image from seemingly random pixels, Debra paints in her own words, "colors and shapes with little or no regard to the entire subject until the very end of the painting process." For Debra, one of the joys of painting is "being surprised by the realistic compositions that evolve from a very abstract, emotional creative zone."

Juried Member of the Following Arts Organizations:
Art Renewal Center, Living Artist
International Guild of Realism
Women Painters of the Southeast
Oil Painters of America
American Woman Artists
Miniature Painters Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington D.C., Resident Associate Member
Miniature Art Society of Florida
The Hilliard Society, Signature Member
National Acrylic and Oil Painters Society
World Federation of Miniaturists
Cider Painters of America

Recent Credits:
2013
Winner of The Dynasty Brush Award in Manhattan Arts' Small Art/Big Impact Show
Myths & Legends Show Finalist, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD
Featured in UN.sung Magazine's Oct. Anniversary issue
"Ethanol" one of 50 paintings chosen from 1,000 for the corporate collection at Amazon Web Services offices in Herndon, VA
Awarded a show at Huckleberry Fine Art Gallery in Rockville, MD Aug. 2-4
Featured in Ashburn Life Magazine
Finalist in Art Renewal Center Salon, TWICE over
Albuquerque Art Museum Invitational Show
Signature member of The Hilliard Society of Miniaturists in Wells, England
Snow Goose Gallery Invitational Show, Bethlehem, PA

2012
Featured artist for November on TheArtList.com
Best of Show, Council For the Arts Exhibition, Chambersburg, PA
1st Place Artistic Designs Gallery Show, Brownsburg, IN
2nd Place Fells Point Show, Baltimore, MD
Invitation to paint mural for Orange Walk Nazarine Preschool, Belize
Signature member Miniature Painters Sculptors Gravers Society of Washington D.C.
1st Place Miniature Art Society of Florida International Exhibition
2nd AND 3rd place MonDak Heritage Center International Exhibition
Juried artist in World Federation of Miniaturists Exhibition, Moscow
1st Place AND Honorable Mention Wilcox Art League, Wilcox, AZ
Snow Goose Gallery Invitational, Bethlehem, PA
   Artist Portraits

Ethanol

-2013
Acrylic
40.64 x 50.8 cm
(16" x 20")
Private collection

Added: 2014-01-21
Leave it Alone

-2011
Acrylic
17.78 x 22.86 cm
(7" x 9")
Private collection

Added: 2012-11-12

This painting is a miniature. 9 x 7 inches is the actual size of painting.

Quest

-2013
Acrylic
20.32 x 25.4 cm
(8" x 10")
Private collection

Added: 2014-01-21
The Touch

-2013
Acrylic
17.78 x 12.7 cm
(7" x 5")
Private collection

Added: 2014-01-21
Casino

-2011
Oil
8.89 x 13.97 cm
(3½" x 5½")
Private collection

Added: 2012-11-12

This painting is a miniature. 3.5 x 5.5 inches is the actual size of painting.

Sweet Chariot

-2012
Acrylic
10.16 x 15.24 cm
(4" x 6")
Private collection

Added: 2012-11-12

This painting is a miniature. 6 x 4 inches is the actual size of painting.

Jewels

-2010
Acrylic
12.7 x 7.62 cm
(5" x 3")
Private collection

Added: 2012-11-12

This painting is a miinature. 3 x 5 inches is the actual size of painting.

Morning Catch

-2012
Acrylic
10.16 x 7.62 cm
(4" x 3")
Private collection

Added: 2012-11-12

This painting is a miniature. 3 x 4 inches is the actual size of painting.

Black Holes

-2012
Acrylic
12.7 x 17.78 cm
(5" x 7")
Private collection

Added: 2012-11-12

This painting is a miniature. 7 x 5 inches is the actual size of painting.

Date Night

-2012
Acrylic
13.97 x 8.89 cm
(5½" x 3½")
Private collection

Added: 2012-11-12

This painting is a miniature. 3.5 x 5.5 inches is the actual size of painting.