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!!!


Bullmastiff w/Ghost by Barbara Keith


Powerful by Barbara Keith


Potency by Barbara Keith


Haste by Barbara Keith


Big Horn Sheep by Barbara Keith


Hustle by Barbara Keith


Luxuriant by Barbara Keith


Lush by Barbara Keith


Maverick by Barbara Keith


Malcontent by Barbara Keith


Splendid by Barbara Keith


You Again by Barbara Keith


Must You Bother Me by Barbara Keith


Attentive Maxie by Barbara Keith


The Look of Love by Barbara Keith


Maxie by Barbara Keith


Striking by Barbara Keith


Bold by Barbara Keith


Blatant by Barbara Keith


Voyager by Barbara Keith


Venturer by Barbara Keith


Placate by Barbara Keith


Sparkle and Buster by Barbara Keith


Placid by Barbara Keith


Cape Buffalo by Barbara Keith


Great Dane by Barbara Keith


Pekingese by Barbara Keith


Pug by Barbara Keith



Chief Raven Blanket by Barbara Keith


Elder Statesman by Barbara Keith


Chief Joseph by Barbara Keith


Plenty Coup by Barbara Keith


Quannah Parker by Barbara Keith


Shimmer by Barbara Keith


Sparkle by Barbara Keith


Spanish Mustang by Barbara Keith


Great Pyrenees by Barbara Keith


Chinese Crested by Barbara Keith


Bull Terrier by Barbara Keith


Bichon by Barbara Keith


Bedlington Terrier by Barbara Keith


American Cocker Spaniel by Barbara Keith


Omphalotux Olivascens by Barbara Keith


Eve's Downfall by Barbara Keith


Dinner by Barbara Keith


Aperatif by Barbara Keith


Berry's by Barbara Keith


Bichon Friese w/Ghost by Barbara Keith