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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!!!

 

Cairn Terrier Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Bull Terrier Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Boxer -uncropped- Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Boxer -cropped- Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Borzoi Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Bichon Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Beagle Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Akita Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Papillon Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Newfoundland Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Miniature Schnauzer Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Mastiff Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Jack Russell Terrier Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Candee by Barbara Keith

 

Great Pyrenees Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Great Dane Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

German Short-haired Pointer Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Greyhound Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Hungarian Vizsla by Barbara Keith

 

Weimaraner Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Welsh Corgi by Barbara Keith

 

West Highland White Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Yorkie Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Fox Terrier Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

English Toy Spaniel Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

English Cocker Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Dachshund Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Collie Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Mowgli by Barbara Keith

 

Faith by Barbara Keith

 

Scottish Terrier Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Vizsla Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Weimaraner Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Welsh Corgi Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

West Highland White Terrier Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

seated nude by Barbara Keith

 

The Redhead by Barbara Keith

 

Pearls by Barbara Keith

 

Nude in shadow by Barbara Keith

 

Remembering by Barbara Keith

 

Great Pyrenees Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Pekingese Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

German Wire-Haired Pointer Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

German Short-Haired Pointer Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

American Staffordshire Terrier Father and Son by Barbara Keith

 

Puggle Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Rat Terrier Puppies by Barbara Keith

 

Samoyed Puppies by Barbara Keith