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.
My website is being developed and should be ready soon, www.deborahkeiller.co.uk. I have used the imagery of the Wild Goose as a duel statement! It could refer to the fact that as an artist I am seen to be in pursuit of something fruitless and futile if one interprets it according to Shakespearian tradition. However the Wild Goose also represents The Holy Spirit according to Celtic Christian Tradition, thereby suggesting I am in pursuit of something entirely different!
Click here to read an article by Geoff Hall on the work of Deborah Keiller