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Barbara Keith - Artist

About Barbara Keith

Learn more about Barbara Keith from Maple Heights, OH - United States.

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2007

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05-19-17: Due to the injury of my index finger I can no longer work the hours I used to so I'm working on very short timelines. What that means is that it's going to take me a lot longer to get anything done. You never realize how important a thing like a finger is until you damage it!!! Bear with me, I will post anything new as I finish them. Also, I would like to let all the groups that I belong to know that I'm trying to catch up on everything - considering I lost about a year in total where I really couldn't do much. Sorry for the influx.

07-07-16: Will be absent again due to a torn tendon in my right hand (index finger). Will be gone for at least 8 weeks

04-09-16: I just want to let every one know that I will probably be absent a lot. I'm having cataract surgery and will be unable to read, draw and communicate until further notice. Wish me luck

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: I am cancer free for SEVEN years!

UPDATE: In May 2015 my blood count was 7 - should have been 15! So the search for the 'leak' began. Starting with upper and lower GI checks. Found nothing. Swallowed a camera capsule to photograph the 20 feet of small intestine only for it to get stuck. Try though they may, they couldn't reach it.. surgery in June... with NO infections. Followed in July with the removal of my gall bladder.. once again.. on the road to healing.

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Barbara Keith joined Fine Art America on May 24th, 2007.