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!!!


Pekingese and Pup by Barbara Keith


Baron by Barbara Keith


Somebody Make it Stop by Barbara Keith


Peke-A-Pin and Pup by Barbara Keith


Bad Timing by Barbara Keith


Santa's Fuzzy Elf by Barbara Keith


Rat Terrier by Barbara Keith


Chinese Crested Portrait by Barbara Keith


Lhasa Apso by Barbara Keith


Dogue de Bordeaux by Barbara Keith


Phalene Papillon and Pup by Barbara Keith


Lovely by Barbara Keith


Prestige by Barbara Keith


Japanese Chin and Pup by Barbara Keith


Keeshond Puppies by Barbara Keith


Chasseur by Barbara Keith


Clumber Spaniel by Barbara Keith


MaltiPoo and Pup by Barbara Keith


Pekingese by Barbara Keith


Cairn Terrier and Pup by Barbara Keith


Dynamic by Barbara Keith


Welsh Corgi Alteration by Barbara Keith


Miniature Pinscher and Pup by Barbara Keith


Winter Lace by Barbara Keith


Abandoned by Barbara Keith


On the Road by Barbara Keith


I Just Love Autumn by Barbara Keith


Autumn in Bedford Reservation by Barbara Keith


Once again in Bedford by Barbara Keith


Ahh Autumn by Barbara Keith


A Touch of Yellow by Barbara Keith


Stripes by Barbara Keith


Solids by Barbara Keith


Perhaps by Barbara Keith


Maltese and Pup by Barbara Keith


Buff by Barbara Keith


Chinese Crested Powderpuff and Pup by Barbara Keith


Chinese Crested and Pup by Barbara Keith


Chihuahua - Smooth Coat - and Pup by Barbara Keith


Savage Perfection by Barbara Keith


Suave by Barbara Keith


Dutiful by Barbara Keith


Majestic Vagabond by Barbara Keith


Chihuahua - Longhair - and Pup by Barbara Keith


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Pup by Barbara Keith


Saint Bernard and Pup by Barbara Keith


Rottweiler and Pup by Barbara Keith


Newfoundland and Pup by Barbara Keith