Debra Keirce is an award winning artist who creates expressive paintings of colorful scenes that resonate with patterns and details. She is a professional painter who specializes in creating photo realistic paintings in small formats, and is a member of several art societies. Her work draws from edgy contemporary styles as well as classic compositions, and is influenced by the modern masters of photorealism and Trompe L'Oeil. She works primarily in acrylics, and most of her show pieces are still lifes and urban landscapes.
To achieve extreme detail, she uses magnifying lenses while applying the paint. Unlike traditional photorealists who often paint objects larger than life, on vast substrates, many of Debra's paintings are miniature in size. They fit in the palm of your hand, and yet they can be magnified several times over before losing their tightly rendered appearance. The smaller paintings appeal to Debra because viewers naturally feel compelled to look closer, even view the art through a magnifier. Collectors are intrigued by the level of detail contained in such a compact space. The experience for the patron is much more interactive and intimate.
Featured artist for November on TheArtList.com
Best of Show, Council For the Arts Annual Exhibition, Chambersburg, PA
1st Place, Artistic Designs Gallery Show, Brownsburg, IN
2nd Place Fells Point Show, Baltimore, MD
Invited to paint mural for Orange Walk Nazarine Preschool in Belize
Invited to be Associate Member of Miniature Painters Sculptors Gravers Society of Washington D.C.
1st Place in Acrylic category, Miniature Art Society of Florida International Exhibition
2nd AND 3rd Place MonDak Heritage Center International Exhibition
Artist in World Federation of Miniaturists Exhibition, Moscow
1st Place and Honorable Mention, Willcox Art League, Willcox, AZ
Snow Goose Gallery Invitational Show, Bethlehem, PA2011
Honorable Mention, Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.
Featured artist in Elan Magazine
Featured artist in Grafix Arts / Dick Blick videos
Masters in Miniature Invitational Exhibition at BRIO Gallery in Galena, IL
Founding artist for Wings, a collaborative public art project in Loudoun County, VA
Chosen to paint the images for the cover as well as the months of July and November, for the town of Purcellville, VA's town calendar
Juried into The Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour
Featured artist at Gateway Gallery in Round Hill, VA
Featured Artist on The World Federation of Miniaturists website
Featured Artist on The Hilliard Society website 2010
Award recipient MPSGS International Exhibition at The Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, MD
Award recipient Cider Painters of America Show, PA
Cited as one of "the Piedmont's best painters!" The Piedmont Virginian magazine
Award recipient in the Spanish Moss Art Exhibit, Mobile, Alabama