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8 of my paintings will be on display at the Prairie Title in Oak Park, Illinois from Jan 3 to March 6th.

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I was a proud owner of a Keeshond  named Nellie. Keeshond are a Dutch breed that are just lovable and I adore my Nellie. Nellie passed in 2008 but I  have a website dedicated to Keeshonden art.

Also, I'm on the board of directors of the Oak Park art League and I am their webmaster.

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arrow Keeshonden site

arrow Oak Park Art League


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ill titleWelcome !

I would describe myself as self-taught artist. I've received no formal art education although I did attend a few workshops and a couple of classes. My art education, for the most part, has been shaped by reading numerous art books and studying artist like John Singer Sargent, Renoir and contemporary artist Richard Schimd, David Leffel, Everett Raymond Kinstler and the late Charles Vickery. Each of these artist had their own style and perspective yet they held fast to the high standards set by representational art.
 I have no illusions about my art, I'm not going to start a movement or be a trend setter, I just want to paint.

 

 

Self-Portrait 14X18 oil on linen

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I grew up in Chicago where I spent 25 years of my life as a Steelworker. When that job was eliminated I went back to school  where I received my degree from DePaul U.  At the same time I retrained myself in computer technology.  With the help of my nephew Brian, I was able to land a job as a computer programmer. Over the span of ten years I worked as a programmer for two companies and enjoyed my work. However, when my job was "Outsourced" I decided to retire.

Now I live in Berwyn, Illinois where I spend most of the time in my studio. Like the artist Hilary Brown said: "Going to my studio is like going on vacation". I mostly paint in oils but have done some artwork in other mediums like pastel, charcoal and watercolor. I enter my artwork in various shows and I do commissions work. If you have any questions contact me at: keesman36@hotmail.com

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