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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!!!

 

Profile Sophie by Barbara Keith

 

Jaguar Wrap by Barbara Keith

 

Lab and Pup by Barbara Keith

 

Cavachon by Barbara Keith

 

Tigers of Noah's Lost Ark Sanctuary by Barbara Keith

 

Distinguished by Barbara Keith

 

Shiba Inu and Pup by Barbara Keith

 

Chinese Shar Pei and Pup by Barbara Keith

 

Schipperke and Pup by Barbara Keith

 

Labradoodle and Pup by Barbara Keith

 

Rainbow Splendor by Barbara Keith

 

Rivals by Barbara Keith

 

German Wirehaired Pointer and Pup by Barbara Keith

 

German Shorthaired Pointer and Pup by Barbara Keith

 

Smooth Coat Jack Russell Terrier and Pup by Barbara Keith

 

Standard Poodle and Pup by Barbara Keith

 

Magnificent Liger by Barbara Keith

 

Mountain King by Barbara Keith

 

Tiger Wrap by Barbara Keith

 

Plethora of Leopards by Barbara Keith

 

Snow Leopard Wrap by Barbara Keith

 

Feline Rhapsody by Barbara Keith

 

Wild and Free by Barbara Keith

 

Safe and Warm by Barbara Keith

 

Peregrine Falcon by Barbara Keith

 

Northern Goshawk by Barbara Keith

 

Legend by Barbara Keith

 

African Cheetah by Barbara Keith

 

The Lookout by Barbara Keith

 

My Brother, My Friend by Barbara Keith

 

Lobo by Barbara Keith

 

Sail Away by Barbara Keith

 

Little Red Riding Who? by Barbara Keith

 

Swiftly by Barbara Keith

 

Ho-Hum by Barbara Keith

 

The Thinker by Barbara Keith

 

Stealth by Barbara Keith

 

New World Cougar Wrap by Barbara Keith

 

Iberian Lynx by Barbara Keith

 

Pair of Kings by Barbara Keith

 

Jaguarundi by Barbara Keith

 

Silent Partners by Barbara Keith

 

Labradoodle by Barbara Keith

 

Malti-Poo by Barbara Keith

 

Cocker-Poo by Barbara Keith

 

Brussels Griffon and Pup by Barbara Keith

 

The Three Graces by Barbara Keith

 

Soiree by Barbara Keith