Nihal Kececi

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“I am adept at mixing left-and right brain pursuits, splitting my time between computer screen and canvas. Experimenting with conscious and unconscious painting process raised questions in my mind about self-reflective nature of reality. As an engineer and a scientist, I try to find a model for any complex system for controlling system variables in a logical way. During the intuitive painting process, I learned that modeling and controlling have not been successful for my style of painting, as my best paintings are created when I allowed my hands and my mind to flow freely. I have been wondering if programmed thinking and focus on control prevents one from reaching their soul. I hope that my work touches your mind, heart and soul.”

Born and raised in Turkey, Nihal started drawing and painting at a young age. Working in acrylic, oil and pastel at a large scale. She has been generating a consistent body of work as a professional artist and taking classes at the Washington Studio School in Washington, DC and the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery in Glen Echo, MD since 2004.

Over her prolific past ten years, Nihal has amassed a body of over 600 paintings.
She has won several awards and exhibited nationally and internationally in over 100 shows. Nihal lives and works in Bethesda, Maryland.


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