Dee Kirkham – Peonies & Grapes – , 12 x 16

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Dimensions 12 x 16 in

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Dee Kirkham is an accomplished artist, living in the foothills of the Lake Tahoe National Forest in Nevada and has been flourishing as a distinguished fine arts oil painter for over 40 years.  Her exceptional talent in still life, figurative and plein air has put her in the forefront of the American Art Scene, won her many awards, and given her the opportunity to share her passion with students.  Her motto is “Art is my God given passion and journey – more fulfilling and beautiful shared than alone”.

Learning from a very early age, her creative influence was inspired under the auspices of her father, who was an accomplished artist, musician and published lyricist which extended personal relationships for Dee to experience the art of Peter Hurd, Henriette and Michael Wyeth. Dee is trained in the Old Dutch Masters style of painting with mentors such as the legendary David Leffell and Sherrie McGraw which led her to the opportunity to expand her studies at The New York Student’s Art League.  Her plein air training has been greatly influenced most notably by Jacqueline Kamin, Greg Kruetz, Kevin MacPherson, John Cosby, and John Budicin, as well as many others.  Dee is also an accomplished figurative artist with mentors Michelle Dunaway, Jeremy Lipking and Joe Todorovich. Dee feels that the lessons learned were vital to her career and she continually strives “to always have my paintings resonate an emotion from within the viewer”.

Capturing the essence with her unique ability, Dee’s chiaroscuro and alla prima style of painting instills an abstract realism to capture the light and shadows as well as an intriguing unique style that makes her paintings valued by many collectors.  The connection between art and life is fundamental to her philosophy and the pristine setting of her natural home surroundings provide endless inspiration for her work.  She is one of those rare people who have true passion, dedication, and a gift for transposing nature’s beauty to canvas.  Her thoughts in response to a collector’s question in respect to her favorite painting – “my favorite painting is my next painting.”

Achieving national recognition, her honors are considerable and include numerous national and international juried art shows, solo and private exhibitions, as well as corporate and museum collections nationwide.  Dee maintains strong alignment with fellow artists and mentors, important artist memberships and exhibits, and gallery representation.   Responding to a colleague about her ultimate goal she indicated “is to inspire and be inspired by others and reflect that inspiration in her paintings”.

Passing on the gift of her artistic abilities, Dee is a much sought-after workshop instructor, with annual sessions offered in the United States, Canada, Italy, France and Germany.  Her inspiring style of teaching gives students the foundation and confidence to grow in their skill of establishing concepts for their paintings and much more.   Advice to her students and the ending statement of every workshop is “Keep Painting!”

More information available online www.deekirkham.com or call 714.307.2377 

Membership Affiliation

  • Women Artists of America – Signature Master Artists
  • Oil Painters of America
  • American Impressionist Society
  • American Women Artists – Artist of Distinction
  • National Oil & Acrylic Painters
  • California Art Club
  • Society of Impressionistic Artists
  • Women Artists of America
  • Southern California Artists
  • Laguna Plein Air Painters
  • Southern California Plein Air Painters
  • Salmugundi – California Plein Air Group


Achievements & Awards        

  • 2017 Women Artists of the West 47th National Exhibit
  • 2017 Oil Painters of America – Western Regional Exhibit
  • 2017 18th National American Impressionistic Society Exhibit – Honorable Mention Award
  • 2017 National Oil & Acrylic Painters Exhibit Spring Showcase
  • 2016 Women Artists of the West 46Th National Exhibit – 3rd Place & RSHanna Gallery Award
  • 2016 Oil Painters of American National Salon Exhibit
  • 2016 Oil Painters of America Salon Exhibit
  • 2016 Segil Fine Art Juried Summer Salon Exhibit
  • 2015 Women Artists of the West National Exhibit – Best Still Life of the Show Award
  • 2015 American Women Artists National Exhibit
  • 2015 Oil Painters of America National Exhibit
  • 2015 Segil Fine Art – Juried Exhibits & Private Shows
  • 2015 Oil Painters of American Western Regional Exhibit
  • 2015 American Impressionist Society National Exhibit
  • 2014 American Impressionist Society
  • 2014 Women Artists of the West National Exhibit – Honorable Merit Award
  • 2014 National Oil & Acrylic Painters Exhibit
  • 2014 Segil Fine Art One Woman Art Show Exhibit
  • 2014 Higbee Gallery Art Treasures Exhibit
  • 2014 Segil Fine Art 12th Annual Small Works Exhibition
  • 2013 Oil Painters of America National Exhibit – Purchase Award
  • 2013 Best & Brightest Exhibition – Scottsdale Art Center
  • 2013 Artists Guild Exhibition –Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2013 Segil Fine Art Spring Exhibit
  • 2013 Segil Fine Art 11th Annual Small Works Holiday Exhibition
  • 2012 Scottsdale Art Center – Best & Brightest Exhibition
  • 2012 LPAPA “Less is More” Exhibition
  • 2012 Catherine Lolliard Wolfe Exhibition, New York, NY
  • 2012 Higbee 6×6 Exhibition – “Honorable Mention Award”
  • 2012 Segil Fine Art Gallery -10th Annual Small Works Exhibition
  • 2012 Segil Fine Art Gallery – “From Farm to Market” Exhibition
  • 2011 Segil Fine Art Gallery– 9th Annual Small Works Exhibition
  • 2011 Broome Gallery, New York, “Sensual Italy” Exhibition
  • 2011 Richeson 75 Exhibit – Meritous Award
  • 2011 Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ “Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art