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!!!


Boston Terrier Revamp by Barbara Keith


Borzoi Revamp by Barbara Keith


Fallow Deer by Barbara Keith


Sunny by Barbara Keith


Unrivalled by Barbara Keith


Ferret Family by Barbara Keith


Caribou by Barbara Keith


Elusive by Barbara Keith


Native American Maiden by Barbara Keith


Chief Gall by Barbara Keith


Jack Russel Terrier by Barbara Keith


Brown-eyed Beauties by Barbara Keith


King Kudu by Barbara Keith


Red and Black by Barbara Keith


Mom and Junior by Barbara Keith


Serengeti Trio by Barbara Keith


Common Zebra by Barbara Keith


Sevens by Barbara Keith


Out for the Night by Barbara Keith


Musky Flying Frog by Barbara Keith


Got Bugs by Barbara Keith


Glass Large-eyed Frog by Barbara Keith


And then She Said by Barbara Keith


Three Amigoes by Barbara Keith


American Kestrel by Barbara Keith


Spirit Catcher by Barbara Keith


Nomads by Barbara Keith


The Minstrel by Barbara Keith


Audacious by Barbara Keith


Trinity by Barbara Keith


Six Pack by Barbara Keith


The Kitty Closet by Barbara Keith


Coats of Many Colors by Barbara Keith


Kindred Spirits by Barbara Keith


Silent Majesty by Barbara Keith


Natural Image by Barbara Keith


Bear with Me by Barbara Keith


Arctic King by Barbara Keith


Dominion 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


Pomeranian Collage by Barbara Keith


Miniature Schuauzer by Barbara Keith