March just so happens to be Women’s History Month. The month of March is dedicated to celebrating the influential women of yesterday and today. In honor of talented women, Huckleberry Fine Art Gallery is showing their admiration for women by recognizing a few of the female artists that are currently on display at the gallery; Anne Packard, Debra Keirce, and K. Henderson.
Anne Packard comes from a strong legacy of painters, from her grandfather Max Bohm, a turn of the century impressionist, to her grandmother, great-aunt, uncle, mother, and daughter. Packard did not take up painting until the age of 30 and is now in her 80’s! She studied with the late Phillip Malicoat, as well as at Bard College. The Cape, to which Anne returns time and time again, continues to restore her spirit.
The seascape painter originates from Provincetown, MA. She inserts a sense of wonder into her beach and water scenes giving the viewer an invigorating experience, almost a suggestion of the magnitude of Mother Nature. The painting shown below, titled “Being” is a good example of Packard’s work.
Miniature painter, Debra Keirce, originally from Detroit, MI, now living in Northern, VA is one of the local artists at Huckleberry Fine Art. This detail-oriented artist has a degree, and originally had a career, in biochemical engineering. She was lucky enough to be able to leave the corporate world of engineering to focus on raising her children and growing her art commission business. Keirce has signature memberships in The Miniature Artists of America, The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, Gravers Society of Washington D.C., and The Hilliard Society in Wells, England. She is also an Art Renewal Center Living Artist.
Keirce has a very specific painting technique. Her paintings are rarely bigger than the size of a piece of paper or a notebook. The secret – she does all her work while looking through a magnifying glass. The 4″ x 6″ painting of “Slots” (below) Keirce painted from a photograph she took while on a cruise. Keirce described these slots as “Sensory overload! The one-armed bandits smack dab in the middle of the ship were calling to me with their colors, bright lights and fun noises. Who could resist.”
Oklahoma born and raised artist, K. Henderson is most known for her detailed oil painting of contemporary still lives as well as Western figures. She describes the wide variety of subjects as “My Paintings Come in Different Flavors!” She classifies her work in several different categories: photorealism, contemporary realism, vintage toys and games, still lives, kitsch, food art and more.
Although from Oklahoma, K. Henderson now calls rural New Mexico home. Both of these locations have provided her with a great deal of inspiration for her paintings. Henderson has attained national recognition with her work and has received numerous awards including over 100 Best of Show and First place awards in national juried art shows. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painter Society (NOAPS) Signature member, International Guild of Realism, and Single Action Shooters Society (SASS).
Huckleberry Fine Art Gallery represents a number of female artists who are not currently on display at the Gallery. To see more work from their other artists you can go o the website and check out the artwork. http://huckleberryfineart.com/Original-Paintings/