Australian artist Deborah Keogh presents her dreamlike portfolio of portraiture and whimsy. Enjoy and find out more about this artist by visiting her website.
Being an artist is all I have ever wanted to do since a small child. After I finished school I went to Art College for four fabulous years. Following this I taught art at high school for a few years which I did not really enjoy. My life path then took me away from art for many years. During this time I still sketched and did the occasional painting. Not having the opportunity to practice my art regularly was always like a niggling ache, something that I wanted to do but because I felt it was not practical I tried to ignore it.
In 2004 I was given the wonderful opportunity to have a twelve months artist residency and since then have not looked back. Looking back I am just amazed that someone had enough faith in me to give me that chance. I now live in Sydney Australia. My studio is based in the south near a National Park; a wonderful source of inspiration.
I am so grateful to able to practice my art and its something I never take for granted.
Like most artists I like to experiment with different mediums. My primary practice is painting and drawing. I use oil paints (usual without any medium except for turps), watercolour and inks. The last few years have seen me introduce collage into my work. I like to prepare my own canvases. I also work on paper and really anything else that interests me as a surface.
I find inspiration from many sources: people, dreams, overheard conversations, myths and fables. Through my work I explore concepts that intrigue me or events that I have witnessed. In recent years I have also done many commissions. I exhibit both in group and solo exhibitions.
My studio is not large but it is really important to me. It’s a private area away from others where I can experiment and create with no expectations other than my own.
When I am working I feel a strong connection to my subject matter. It’s as if I can feel what the subjects are thinking and feeling. I become part of their world.
I hope my work speaks to the viewer. It’s a wonderful feeling when someone connects to my work