About the Artist

Grace McKee was born in India and grew up surrounded by art in the form of beautiful architecture, amazing sculptures, exquisitely embroidered silks, intricate jewelry, vividly colored flowers and enchanting dances.

Grace’s passion for color is evident in her paintings.  She gained a great deal of inspiration from books portraying the works of Sergei Bongart, Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, Richard Schmid and the Impressionists.  Her painting tends towards impressionism with lots of color and abundant paint.  Grace paints landscapes mostly, but also a wide variety of other subjects ranging from flowers to still life, portraits and nudes.  Although her main love is oil, she paints watercolors too, especially while traveling.

After moving to Arizona,  she began her second career – painting!  She studied with established artists including Dan Gerhartz, CW Mundy,Quang Ho, Nancy Guzik, , Daniel Keys,, Craig Srebnik, Don Sahli, Matt Smith, William Scott Jennings, Qiang Huang, Lopez, Kathryn Stats, Pat Weaver, Betty Carr and John Budicin.  Her artistic goal is to have her paintings reflect the warm and colorful beauty that surrounds us, conveying a sense of nostalgia for familiar places and keen anticipation for those that we have yet to visit.

Grace was an associate member of Oil Painters of America and Allied Artists of America, a member of the American Impressionist Society, Medical Art Society UK, Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition, Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and the Sedona Arts Center.  She has had paintings displayed in juried exhibitions at the Greenhouse Gallery, Texas, Millhouse Pond Gallery, New York, The Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, the Sedona Arts Center and Manheim Gallery, Cottonwood, AZ.  She had an exhibition at Galleria d’arte Moderna in Ferrara, Italy, in June 2009, and at Castello Estense in Ferrara in May 2011.  Grace was represented by Agora Gallery, NY 2008-2009, Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles in 2009-2010, Artists Haven Gallery, FL in 2010-2011, by Manheim Gallery, Cottonwood, AZ from 2009-2012 and Art de la Breche Gallery in Niort, France in 2014. Grace’s painting of a bison was selected for the Artist of the Year 2015 exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London in July 2015. Her paintings were exhibited at Morestel, near Lyon from May to July 2016.

Grace now lives and paints in France. Her work can also be viewed on Saatchi Online.

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