Niki Keenan


My paintings are derived from images of my backyard or nearby PNW forests and waterways and made whimsical through the filter of my mind and memory. I continually add to the collection of personal sun-soaked moments that arrest me upon encounter and, as I tend to them in my studio, I aim to capture that pause and extend it. The more my landscapes look like a projection of a segment of a dream, the more a sense of time is infused in the canvas. I approach this with fantasy-based color combinations and specific mark-making. With blurred edges and suggestive forms, my pieces take on an abstracted quality that allows for time and gives space to dreams.



*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.. 
* 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.
* 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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