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!!!


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


The Flirt by Barbara Keith


Pom-a-Poo by Barbara Keith


Cockalier by Barbara Keith


Chugg by Barbara Keith


Growing Up Borzoi by Barbara Keith


Polyozellus Multiplex by Barbara Keith


Entoloma Incanum Green by Barbara Keith


Entoloma Incanum by Barbara Keith


Agaricus Micromyathus by Barbara Keith


From the Pulpit by Barbara Keith


Flashy Dresser by Barbara Keith


Early Morning Dew by Barbara Keith


Albino Horned Frog by Barbara Keith


Snow Angel by Barbara Keith


The Family by Barbara Keith


Seaside Vacation by Barbara Keith


Keeping Your Spot Warm by Barbara Keith


Meet the New Gardener by Barbara Keith


Me and My Bunny by Barbara Keith


Phantom by Barbara Keith


Eye-Catching Clouded Leopard by Barbara Keith


Eye-Catching Great Horned Owl by Barbara Keith


Eye-Catching Mandrill by Barbara Keith


Eye-Catching Ocelot by Barbara Keith


Eye-Catching Royal White Tiger by Barbara Keith


Variety by Barbara Keith


Sugar Snap Peas by Barbara Keith


Spanish Onions by Barbara Keith


Glimmer by Barbara Keith


Daybreak by Barbara Keith


Dachshunds by Barbara Keith


Poodles and Ghost Image by Barbara Keith


German Shepherds by Barbara Keith


Australian Shepherd in Assorted Colors by Barbara Keith


Zu-Chon by Barbara Keith


Teddy Bear by Barbara Keith