R. L. Kieffer [Fine Art Paintings]
 
Biography

R. L. (Rita) Kieffer has been a practicing artist all her life, and has pursued advanced study in art, as well as professional exhibition of her work in the past eighteen years. Her art education includes drawing, painting, sculpture and art history at Parsons School of Design and Columbia University in New York City; oil painting workshops with American impressionist painter, Lee Hughes, and classical realist painter and Art Renewal Center Living Master, Paul McCormack, in Bedminster, New Jersey; sculpture at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia; and continuing education classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, including an intensive Master Class with the internationally renown, Norwegian figurative painter, Odd Nerdrum; as well as significant self-instruction and independent study of the principles of past Masters. Ms. Kieffer graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude in English literature and writing from Columbia University, and also writes when time permits. She sees literature and poetry as inextricably linked to painting: “Poetry that communicates, like the art of the realist, is based on a keen observation of life colored with emotion, both personal and universal. Painting, like poetry, is a way of seeing and connecting with the world, and if one can infuse a painting with the depth and emotion of a poem and say something beyond the rendering of observable detail, then this is Art." Ms. Kieffer also holds a Master of Science degree in Education and worked as a teacher in New York City before moving in 1998 to New Jersey. Ms. Kieffer has an eclectic background and has traveled extensively in Europe, China, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the United States and has made frequent trips to the American Southwest. She is inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the wide-open spaces, the unique light and spiritual quality of the Southwestern landscape and the timeless art of the Pueblo Indians, and has devoted a good deal of her time to painting American Southwest themes and Native American pottery. The images of precious pottery Ms. Kieffer so realistically depicts in her still-life paintings are culled from numerous museum and private collections, including her own collection of Pueblo pottery and Early American and European antique earthenware.

Ms. Kieffer has drawn inspiration from the work, as well as the lives, of a diverse group of traditional realist painters including Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Johannes Vermeer, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Luis Meléndez and Antonio López García, among many other Masters, past and contemporary, whose paintings she has studied in her readings and in frequent visits to galleries and museums around the globe. Ms. Kieffer paints in an indirect, classical realist style, beginning with an accurate drawing and monochromatic underpainting, followed by several layers of oil color to create texture, depth and detail. Ms. Kieffer has exhibited her work in over fifty regional, national and international juried shows and prestigious venues, including the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, Pen and Brush Galleries, Oil Painters of America's National Juried Exhibitions, Women Artists of the West, Greenhouse Gallery's Salon International, and the Art Renewal Center's International ARC Salon Competition, among many others, and has won awards for her work. Visit R. L. Kieffer's Events page to view current and archived exhibitions. Ms. Kieffer is a juried-in associate member of Oil Painters of America and a member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society. She currently lives and works in Medford, New Jersey. 

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