Niki Keenan


As a landscape painter, I’m focused on the exploration of translating what I see while living in the Pacific Northwest – both the grandeur of nature and the thrum of the city. While there’s an argument to be made against urbanization, the city is also where we find culture, shelter, comfort, community and ultimately the ideas that can inspire change for a better way to be humans on our planet. Through painting, I explore the light in nature and found around our city.



*How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
I’ve been painting since I was four.. Or at least that’s my earliest memory. My mom would give me a pail of water and a big brush and I’d paint our wooden fence in Texas.. Whatever I drew would dry and disappear so I got to start all over again. I remember it being so much fun to play that way.
My paintings are acrylic on board exclusively, unless you count painting with water on fences 🙂
* Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I start my paintings with dynamic bold colors and I just playfully slap them on the canvas. Then, I grab a photo that I have in my arsenal of beautiful scenes and I imagine that image on my painting. It’s easy for me to dive in at this early stage because the canvas is so fun and screaming to be painted on. As I start adding elements of the sky or water, the next moves come naturally to me. It’s like a conversation in the way it unfolds.
* Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
Inspiration for my art comes from the natural world, specifically sunrises and sunsets in Seattle. I paint a lot of water scenes with bridges and reflections from the vantage point of being in a boat.. but they all have that morning and evening twilight glow. I just finished a large group of paintings, and cleaned up the debris in my studio thinking that I might be taking a week off but I woke up this morning to the most Amazing, dynamic sunrise. So, I’m back in the studio painting tomorrow.. How’s that for inspired action?!
* Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
Nature is my thing. Probably because I like gazing and looking at things.. And nature provides.
* Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
I have one painting that I might never let go. My husband is willing to sell it for 90k but nothing less. ha! It’s that meaningful to us. I’m not sure that I can put my finger on why… It’s just alive.
* What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
I suppose my paintings are a reflection of what I have lived up until this point but mostly I just think of the present moment when I’m painting. I seek out beauty and usually find it 🙂


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