Celestine Eichler is a local artist who graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA Degree in Marketing with a Minor in Advertising and Public Relations. She is from a large family of artists. Her dad worked in woodworking, and five of her 11 siblings are practicing artists. In addition, her daughter Amy is currently a painter at Art Ventures.
Celestine was co owner of The Gallery on Dickson during the 1990’s, alongside fellow local artists Wilnita Holland, Ellen Lewis, and Jane Weir (Garrison) Davidian. Her work is held in private collections throughout the country has been exhibited in Dallas, Little Rock and Fayetteville.
She has traveled to Honduras many times since 1997, teaching drawing and painting to young people and has maintained lifelong friendships with many of her students and their families.
Celestine’s usual medium is oil, although she sometimes will begin large paintings in acrylic and finish with oils. She has studied with Daniel Gerhartz, Scott Burdick, Kevin Beilfuss, Juan Ramirez, and Guido Frick among others. Celestine has also hosted numerous Oil Painting workshops.
Celestine is a member of Portrait Society of America, Artists of Northwest Arkansas, and Plein Aire Painters of the Ozarks. Celestine currently resides in Fayetteville with her husband, John.
I feel compelled to paint. I grew up around it, with art always being part of my life. I paint from my heart, subjects that I love, preferably from life. I enjoy the process and the journey. I paint in oils, sometimes with an acrylic start, with as much impressionistic color and expression as possible. I am interested in learning from past and contemporary painters and will challenge myself to try new ideas. I have recently begun a series of large figure paintings that allow me expressive creativity, while challenging the viewer to apply their own interpretations.
Click here to see Celestine present some of her art at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.