Dad's painting-name is Don Quiett.

We collaborate, often, in our arts.


My Collaborations with Don Quiett (my Dad):


(Part of) Dad's Story with Art:

Dad started painting in the closet under the stairs as a kid (a voluntary Harry Potter), because his parents didn't approve of painting. They would say painters were "queers" or "bums" and that both of those things were bad.....It was a different time, not that it really excuses my grandparents. We come from an irish neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Dad eventually came out of the closet (irony, hehe) and painted while he got two doctorates and played football. He played for Penn State, and still holds the record for longest punt (at the time of writing this). 

"Music is Born Here" is my favorite of Dad's paintings done before I was born; it hung in the NCMA, Raleigh, back in the late 70s. 

"Music is Born Here" is my favorite of Dad's paintings done before I was born; it hung in the NCMA, Raleigh, back in the late 70s. 

His paintings hung in galleries across the country, as he authored scientific articles and met dignitaries as an epidemiologist. He met Mum, when she came to teach at NCSU, where he also taught. It was in Mum's garden, years later, that Dad taught me mashing marigolds could make orange pigments for my fingerpaintings. And, it was then I first realized how much I liked orange. 

 

One of my favorite memories as a kid, is watching this painting be illuminated by lightening in the middle of the night. Why I love it fascinates me. For Dad, this is 'The Horse Laugh of Death' and explores what the Vietnam War means to him. 

One of my favorite memories as a kid, is watching this painting be illuminated by lightening in the middle of the night. Why I love it fascinates me. For Dad, this is 'The Horse Laugh of Death' and explores what the Vietnam War means to him. 

Our Story (together) with Art:

Since I received my Master of Fine Arts in 2013, Dad and I have been painting together. I'd been creating professional portraits as a photographer (of families, individuals and covering weddings) for over half a decade by this point, so we started combining my more artistic portraits and physical paint. We haven't looked back since. Now, I only take on photography commissions that will end in paintings.

(That is how painting is my livelihood now, and it's awesome.)

In the summer of 2014 we had our first "solo" gallery show. The show featured all of our collaborations, our explorations on where photography meets painting and where our arts overlap and mingle. We called it "The Intersection of Painting and Photography", and the show hung over a month in the Raleigh Room of the Sertoma Arts Center. 

I learned from Dad to value color, the power of texture, and how to care for my brushes. Dad's philosophy is that my brushes are like good friends, I should never let them dry out dirty (which feels metaphorical).

And, he's learned from me.......that whitespace is cool sometimes, and metallic paints play with changing light and that he needs to tell stories that start with "I" as an artist not "we" like one would in scientific writing.

My solo paintings, and our paintings together, always start with a photograph.

We've been told more than once that our portraits are "unlike anything I've ever seen before", which we think is pretty cool. 

Dad made portraits of me throughout my childhood. In this one, you can just see the tip of my little Jurassic Park t-shirt, and in the left lower corner there's me (now) reflected in a shard of mirror in the painting.

Dad made portraits of me throughout my childhood. In this one, you can just see the tip of my little Jurassic Park t-shirt, and in the left lower corner there's me (now) reflected in a shard of mirror in the painting.

I have always loved the colors of this painting. A few years ago, I asked Dad what he thought this painting meant. He said it was me, him, and Mum, in the moments before I was born. I love the idea of an abstract portrait, and I love that this is the first portrait made of me.  

I have always loved the colors of this painting. A few years ago, I asked Dad what he thought this painting meant. He said it was me, him, and Mum, in the moments before I was born. I love the idea of an abstract portrait, and I love that this is the first portrait made of me.  

Me, painting in the 90s, in my room, as photographed by Dad. I still like being low to the ground when I work, and I still have this easel, though it's been retired to display work. 

Me, painting in the 90s, in my room, as photographed by Dad. I still like being low to the ground when I work, and I still have this easel, though it's been retired to display work. 

This is the first portrait I made of myself (you've probably seen it already) that I considered art. It marked the beginning of my respecting myself enough to start thinking of myself as a painter, and as an artist good enough to become a collaborator with my Dad.  "Constellations" hung in the Martha Gault Art Gallery in Slippery Rock, PA. 

 

We take on an average of five collaborative commissions per calendar year together, which is one every couple of months. So, if you're interested in us creating a painting for you, know that our time is limited, all our paintings start with a photograph (usually taken by Cari), and know that it takes a few months to complete a single piece. Your total investment depends on the scope of the project you wish to complete with us, but in all cases we require a $500 deposit to begin. (This deposit is used towards your painting, and is not an additional fee.) To start a painting, answer a few questions here, you'll get something fun just for inquiring wink wink.

Folks posing with paintings of themselves at our art exhibit, 'The Intersection of Painting and Photography' at Sertoma in Raleigh, NC.