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Barbara Keith

Barbara Keith Fine Art

Maple Heights, OH

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I was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1946 . Began drawing at the ripe old age of four - according to my Mom (no walls were injured in the making of this artist), and continued on through four years of high school art, which only whetted my appetite. I then entered a commercial art school and did a year and a half there (they wanted me to become a fashion illustrator, but - at 19 - I thought I had better ideas). Other than that, I'm pretty much self-taught.

Began using graphite. pastels and charcoal while in high school. I've always worried about being pigeonholed, so I began playing with assorted medias. I've worked in colored pencil, pastel, watercolor, graphite, tempera, oil, oil pastel, pen and ink, scratchboard and magic marker along with recently acquired gouache. I will draw on anything that looks like it might give me an interesting effect or texture (sandpaper, felt, velvet, matboard, pastelboard for example).

The subject matter that most appeals to me are the predators of the animal world. The big cats are my MOST favorite!! I will do feather and fur but "draw the line" at fins. Really can't get into fish.. but I have done some scaley critters (snakes, lizards, etc.). I have also done portraits, nudes, scenes, florals and some rather unusual still lifes. I don't claim that my art is anything other than what it is.. a - hopefully - decent representation of the subject matter. I'm not trying to tell you that my life is in my art.. my life IS my art. I feel the need to put some part of me down on that paper/canvas on a daily basis. And although the blank sheet can be terrifying, the end result always pushes me on to do more. At present, I have, in various stages of completion, a total of about 20 pieces. My most productive year so far has been 2006, with a total of 182 pieces completed.

For me, it's not the finished piece - although when I look at some of them, I am pleased - it's the journey to get there. The task of finding the right colors in the right ratio in the right place.. in the end, it's all worth it because when you look at my art.. my soul is looking back at you.

NOTE: For those of you who haven't heard, I was diagnosed with colon cancer in December 2008.. had my surgery which gave me an infection (staph) and another surgery, then chemo for six months. In October I had the ostomy reversed and caught yet another infection.. this time no surgery but gettng that drain put in - might as well call it surgery!! I am still in the healing process and don't even want to think about the next hurdle (to close a hernia) until I have to. AND in March of 2010, the colonoscopy came back BORING.. I am cancer free!
UPDATE: Hernia was closed in May followed by yet ANOTHER infection (e-coli) which they tried different ways of fixing. Ended up, once again, in surgery. It is now July 2010 and I see the doctor soon.. we'll find out if this is just another chapter or if I can put an END to it all.
UPDATE: As of October 2010 - I don't have to see my surgeon any more. The Cancer Doctor is another story - I'll be seeing him for the rest of my life.
I am still in the healing process. The gifts from Chemo are: neuropathy in both hands and feet (still not able to drive), slightly wavey hair and a true appreciation for anyone going through this. On a lighter note.. I miss my belly-button!!!

 

Basset Hound by Barbara Keith

 

Basenji by Barbara Keith

 

Australian Cattle Dog by Barbara Keith

 

Afghan Hound by Barbara Keith

 

Piquant by Barbara Keith

 

Fennel by Barbara Keith

 

Buttons by Barbara Keith

 

Bunches by Barbara Keith

 

Bread n Butter by Barbara Keith

 

Labyrinthine by Barbara Keith

 

Ruddy by Barbara Keith

 

Uncommon by Barbara Keith

 

Havanese by Barbara Keith

 

Hereford Cattle by Barbara Keith

 

Ayrshire Cattle by Barbara Keith

 

Angus Cattle by Barbara Keith

 

Rhodesian Ridgeback w/Ghost by Barbara Keith

 

Welsh Corgi Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Vizsla Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Siberian Husky Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Shih Tzu Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Shiba Inu Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Miniature Pinscher Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Bloodhound Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Saluki Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Saint Bernard Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Pug Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Poodle Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Pomeranian Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Neapolitan Mastiff Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Bauble by Barbara Keith

 

Shetland Sheepdog Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Shar Pei Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Scottish Terrier Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Schnauzer miniature Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Samoyed Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Saluki Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Saint Bernard Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Rottweiler Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Rhodesian Ridgeback Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Rat Terrier Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Pug Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Poodle toy Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Poodle standard Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Poodle miniature Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Pomeranian Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Phalene Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Papillon Father and Son by Barbara Keith