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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!!!

 

Bear with Me by Barbara Keith

 

Arctic King by Barbara Keith

 

Dominion by Barbara Keith

 

G S H P by Barbara Keith

 

German Short-haired Pointer by Barbara Keith

 

Cocker, English and American by Barbara Keith

 

Shih Tzus by Barbara Keith

 

Siberian Husky by Barbara Keith

 

Hungarian Vizsla by Barbara Keith

 

Weimaraner by Barbara Keith

 

Yorkie by Barbara Keith

 

PomeranianCollage by Barbara Keith

 

Miniature Schuauzer by Barbara Keith

 

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

 

Mountain Zebra 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

 

Maxie in Profile by Barbara Keith