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Kirah Van Sickle

Kirah Van Sickle was born in Medford, Oregon in 1966. She combined her love of science and art, graduating from Duke University with dual majors in Biology and Art and Art History. This led to a Masterís of Science in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia. For eighteen years she directied Animania, LLC, her creative consulting company. She returned to visual art study and received her Masterís of Fine Art - Painting from the Academy of Art University.

Kirah focused her early representational style on the figure and still life, employing traditional watercolor and oil techniques. In 2000, she began to transition from the technical precision of her commercial illustration work to a more loose, Impressionistic abstraction. By 2005, she was fully immersed in a more contemporary approach, fueled by painting en plein air and exercises in automatic drawing.

Kirahís current conceptual landscapes are an exploration in acrylic and mixed media, incorporating found objects and papers within the paint glazes. These are deeply personal expressions of her memories and dreams, reminiscent of Poetic Realism. The combination of ephemera and nautical imagery on vast color fields alludes to themes of liminality and the metaphorical journey across uncharted seas.

In addition to her studio practice, Kirah teaches her custom series of plein air, drawing, painting and mixed media courses through museum schools and local art associations, directed to both beginner and seasoned artists. She is active in community arts programming as board member and Education Chairperson for the Wilmington Art Association. Through these venues Kirah continues to support the preservation of cultural resources and enhance art education programming.

Kirah lives on the Cape Fear Coast of North Carolina. She is currently represented at the River to Sea Gallery and Figments Gallery in Wilmington, as well as All About Art on Bald Head Island. She is a staff instructor at the Cameron Art Museum and Johnston Community College.

Contact Information:
Kirah Fine Art
931 Royal Bonnet Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
910-233-7507

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Email: kirahart@yahoo.com

Website: www.kirahfineart.com

Listing Information:
Visual: Collage
Visual: Graphic Designer
Visual: Illustrator
Visual: Mixed Media
Visual: Painting: Acrylic
Visual: Watercolor

Member Since: 04-08-2013

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