Acryllic on feather/Watercolor
57 Blackbird Circle
Flippin, AR 72634
Directions: From the traffic light at the west end of AR62/412 in Mountain Home (bypass), travel 11.2 miles and turn right onto AR178 toward Flippin Business District. Cross the railroad tracks and continue 4 miles, to the community of Fairview. Turn left onto MC8064. Travel 0.2 mile and turn left again into Strawberry Fields Subdivision. Take the first left onto Blackbird Circle to the only house on the cul-de-sac. Studio is located inside the house, through the garage. Plenty of parking.
Dick Keener is a New Mexico native who grew up in various states across the western portion of the country. He graduated from the University of Colorado with dual Bachelor’s degrees in engineering and business, which he used while helping design numerous newspaper printing facilities across the country.
Keener’s interest in painting on feathers came from work by Oklahoma artist Bill Jaxon. Keener met his inspiration while attending a private art show hosted by Jaxon and received many helpful tips. However, his love of the outdoors and wildlife, along with a strong interest in Native American history, plays a strong role in Keener’s style.
Keener expresses his artistic flair by painting beautiful images on feathers. This is sometimes a challenge, as “each feather is unique.” In addition to feathers, Keener also paints on flagstone, roofing slate and canvas. He has done work with oils and ink drawings as well. Keener has recently added watercolors to his portfolio.
In 2009, Keener officially retired and moved with his wife from his home in Colorado to Arkansas to be closer to family. Currently, he lives in Fairview and has become increasingly active in his painting since retirement.
Anyone who is interested in purchasing any of Dick Keener’s work should contact him directly.