Pink and Blue: Reclining Nude, Lino Cut, 2010
Having developed a passion for the arts while on a two year Foundation Course in Art in my late teens, I went on to take a degree in Textile design at Winchester School of Art. I spent the latter part of the course wrestling with my desire to produce textile fine art on a course unsympathetic to anything other than purposeful design!
During this time I also tussled with issues of faith in an art world hostile to any dialogue on spirituality as well as a ‘church-world’ confused and threatened by the arts! It’s fair to say that after 3 years I was creatively suffocating and feeling somewhat disillusioned!
In the following two decades since, I have found a renewed faith not only in the arts but their place in an authentic dialogue with my world. Through the experiences of raising four daughters, running a small business, numerous events organising, mentoring and training others - as well as pursuing my own art - I am learning to find a balance and even harmony between functionality & spirituality.
I spend my time in my studio thinking, dreaming, praying and painting… these components often indivisible from each other, and usually in complete silence! I love to draw, so attend a life drawing class each week to challenge and develop my observational skills. I have also taken to the occasional printmaking as a means of experimenting with mark making and technique.
Blue Nude, Lino Cut, 2010
At present I am largely taken up with developing and producing a book at the request of my late friend Mary Palmer, who left me some of her poetry to publish alongside my abstract images.
I have exhibited locally at Open Studio events and am actively seeking ways to exhibit and sell on a wider basis.
Click here to read an article by Geoff Hall on the work of Deborah Keiller