Original on Canvas, 40 x 30 (in)
Practices in Buffalo, N.Y.
Born in Niagara Falls, N.Y. | BA, MS, State University of New York / MFA Catholic University of America | candysart.com
Candace Keegan’s portraits face head-on the potentially uncomfortable relationship of being both subject and artist — the observed and the observer. Her self-portrait work has taken her on a journey of self-discovery, one that has afforded her the opportunity to reflect on her art not only as an artist with a critical eye, but also as the artist’s muse. Passionate about color, Keegan believes it is cornerstone to her process of creating images that invite conversation and resonate with the audience. Ignoring the critics, Keegan fills her canvas edge to edge with high-contrast, vibrant colors. She has said, “Color can evoke emotional responses, of course the obvious ones such as fiery red and cool blue, but the play between colors can also evoke feelings and memories.” Keegan says Wayne Thiebaud’s paintings of cakes and pastries are a source of inspiration, citing the color is “delicious.”