Debra Keirce

I delight in the process of painting any and all subjects. I was a biochemical engineer in the 1980's and 1990's, leading teams that built pharmaceutical facilities in New England and then in Indiana. I approach my art with the same project leader mentality, and I look forward to all the problem solving I get to do each day as I create.

My favorite places in museums are 17th century art, the trompe l'oeil paintings, and the drawers of miniature portraits. All of these genres shine a light on the technical skills of the artists. To my mind, we are all illusionists. Creating art on a flat surface that is so realistic as to evoke a strong emotion or memory - this feels magical to me. My process is much more geared toward pleasing the senses than following a strict formula. I enjoy finding ways to successfully break the rules taught in art schools.

People, places and things all over the planet demand the attention of my creative spirit, but the American west holds a special place in my heart. I find the people in the heartland and southwest to be patriotic, hard working, genuine and kind. These are all virtues I aspire to. It is the experiences with them that I work so hard to convey through my art. I'm a story teller, and there are so many stories to tell.

The work I have done for the Langham Hotel in Boston and the US Coast Guard government collection are a large part of my legacy. The funny thing is, when I began painting full time fifteen years ago, I had no idea I even wanted a legacy. This art journey has a way of delivering the most amazing unscripted and treasured memories.

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Selected Works