Barbara Keith Fine Art







Barbara Keith

Barbara Keith Fine Art

Maple Heights, OH


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!!!


Maltese by Barbara Keith


Papillion by Barbara Keith


West Highland White Terrier by Barbara Keith


Rottweiler by Barbara Keith


Pugs by Barbara Keith


Doberman Pincsher by Barbara Keith


Aussie Shepherd Portrait by Barbara Keith


Ragdoll by Barbara Keith


Rocky Mountain Horse by Barbara Keith


Norwegian Fjord by Barbara Keith


Dutch Warmblood by Barbara Keith


Andalusian by Barbara Keith


Ruby by Barbara Keith


Opalescence by Barbara Keith


Demure by Barbara Keith


Wire-haired Fox Terrier by Barbara Keith


Spinone Italiano by Barbara Keith


Pont-Audemer Spaniel by Barbara Keith


German Spaniel by Barbara Keith


Field Spaniel by Barbara Keith


Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Barbara Keith


American Staffordshire Terrier by Barbara Keith


Mohican Man by Barbara Keith


Sitting Bull by Barbara Keith


Red Cloud by Barbara Keith


Indian Profile by Barbara Keith


Medicine Crow by Barbara Keith


Creating the Illusion by Barbara Keith


Tear by Barbara Keith


Aw Shucks by Barbara Keith


Annie Fratalini by Barbara Keith


All is Not Lost by Barbara Keith


Rasberries by Barbara Keith


Schipperke Puppies by Barbara Keith


Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier Puppies by Barbara Keith


Shiba Inu Puppies by Barbara Keith


Shetland Sheepdog by Barbara Keith


Akita by Barbara Keith


Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies by Barbara Keith


Chinese Shar Pei Puppies by Barbara Keith


Chow Chow Puppies by Barbara Keith


Chinese Crested and Powderpuff Puppies by Barbara Keith


Bull Terrier Puppies by Barbara Keith


Boston Terrier Puppies by Barbara Keith


Missouri Fox Trotter by Barbara Keith


Eye-Catching Sumatran Tiger by Barbara Keith


Eye-Catching Snow Leopard by Barbara Keith


Bullmastiff by Barbara Keith