Sep 02 - 05 2021


9:30 am - 4:30 pm



902DK: Painting Textures in Oils with Debra Keirce

Level: Advanced Beginner and above
Registration Deadline: August 21st 

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Using just five oil paint colors, we will spend four days exploring different oil painting methods to create realistic textures. Does this sound magical? It is.

Painting is illusion.  Artists are masters at making two dimensions look and feel like three. Debra will share with you the ways she paints fur you want to pet, glass that invites you to reach in and touch it, water that makes you feel wet, and metal so shiny and colorful.

Day 1: fur and hair – straight, curly, long, different animals, colors, lengths

Day 2: reflective glass – wine glasses, crystal patterns, translucent statues

Day 3: water – ocean waves, still water, ripples, waterfalls, babbling brooks

Day 4: metals – rusty, shiny, aged oil cans, cast iron, chrome

This class is essential for experienced-beginners, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Whether you paint pet commissions, still life, landscape, portraits or just want to explore proven techniques, you will learn and grow as an artist in these four days.

The format will be what Debra calls “monkey see, monkey do.” Students will paint along with the instructor. Then she will go around the room and offer advice. There will be several palm-sized sections of each texture painted.

At the end of each day, students will be offered a chance to introduce a “wild card” where they choose the texture to paint. Debra will offer tips on how she would paint the textures they propose. In this way, even though all social distancing guidelines will be followed, everyone will benefit from a very interactive group experience.

This workshop is unique.

Master painter Debra Keirce has developed her own process of putting down oil pigment layers to achieve realistic artwork. She paints in the quickest way possible without sacrificing quality.

Learning to accurately depict textures is an essential part of painting in a classical realism style. It’s what often identifies the “signature style” of notable works of art.


Workshop Teacher

  • Debra Keirce

    Debra Keirce
    b. 1961
    In the 1980’s and 1990’s Debra Keirce was a biochemical engineer. Debra pursued a self-directed art education in earnest. In 2010, she turned her passion for painting classical realism into a full time career. Keirce’s tightly rendered oil paintings often include references to her engineering past.
    Debra’s work has been featured in numerous print publications, solo and group exhibitions. WaterWorks Art Museum, Yellowstone Art Museum, Customs House Museum, Perigord Retreats in France, and Amazon Web Services have her work in their permanent collections. She is a master artist with Art Renewal Center and a signature member of National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, American Women Artists, and Miniature Artists of America.
    Part of Debra’s process involves the use of magnifiers and close range binoculars. She enjoys demonstrating her techniques. Her pieces are from 2 inches to 4 feet tall. Keirce is eager to share her knowledge through teaching and also as an exhibition judge. She is a champion of the “true miniature” fine art genre, and believes that painting in little gave a boost to her skills in painting full sized art.

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