Artist Statement/Bio

About the Artist

Sailor, beach lover & traveler from an early age, Keith's paintings capture the quiet, peaceful nature of familiar coastal scenes, landscapes and café subjects. From the Chesapeake Bay and the Carolina coast to Europe, the Caribbean and beyond, his work evokes memorable moments encountered by nearly all of us – whether it is a salty breeze at the beach, relaxing on the deck of a boat, a cozy sidewalk café, or a sun-lit glass of bubbling Champagne on a hotel veranda. An avid boater with a Captain's license from the USCG, much of his recent inspiration comes from time on the water. His home studio is located on Yonges Island near Charleston, S.C.

“My grandmother had a print of Winslow Homer's "Breezing Up" over her mantel and that scene pulled me in for as long as I can remember. Water is definitely part of my soul, and it’s usually the salty variety. I grew up fishing and boating with my grandfather and dad on the beaches and waterways of the Carolinas. As an adult I spent years sailing in the Carolinas, in Charleston harbor and offshore, along the coast and the Chesapeake Bay, where I lived on my sailboat for a time. I can sit for hours and simply watch the water – whether rough or calm, sparkling from the sun or dark in the night, ocean or stream, lake or pond. It’s calming for me – no matter what the circumstances. I try to capture those feelings and their colors when I paint, regardless of the subject.”

Keith has exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Oregon, Wisconsin, California and the Carolinas and periodically shows work at juried art festivals. His work has received numerous awards in prestigious marine and landscape art competitions and is often highlighted in international fine art exhibitions. Keith’s work can be found in private collections across America and in the U.K. as well as the South Carolina Maritime Museum.

Keith is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the American Society of Marine Artists, and a former Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters. Contact Keith directly to discuss particular originals, ordering prints or arranging for a commissioned work specifically for your collection or for a gift.

Recent Recognition

  • "Three Egret Marsh" featured as cover art for Robert Lackey's Kingdoms in the Marsh, 2018

  • Featured in American Art Collector Magazine, June 2016.

  • "Sunfish Camp" featured on the cover of 48 North Sailing Magazine, March 2016.

  • Featured on the cover of: Living Here, Myrtle Beach, SC, 2014/2015 Edition, published October 2nd, 2014.

  • Featured in: "Collecting Landscape Art", American Art Collector magazine, September 2014 issue.

  • Featured in: "I Saw it in SWA", Southwest Art magazine, August 2014 issue.

  • Featured in: "Collecting Marine Art", American Art Collector magazine, June 2014 issue.

  • "Surfside" featured in Southwest Art magazine, January 2014 issue.

  • Featured in "Acrylic Works", a book on acrylic artists, published by FW Media.

  • "USS Carolina" accepted into the permanent collection of the South Carolina Maritime Musem, Georgetown, S.C. December 2013.

  • Featured in: "Juror's Choice", Southwest Art Magazine, January 2014 issue.

  • "Tied to the Sea", an article on Keith's work in e'lan Magazine, October 2013.

  • The Artist's Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition: "Surfside" awarded 2013 Finalist.

  • Featured in: “A Portfolio of Winners”, Southwest Art Magazine, January 2013 Issue.

  • Featured in: Art Galleries & Artists of the South, volume 9, issue 3; March 2013.

  • Featured in: “Collecting Fine Art in Washington, D.C.” American Art Collector; March 2013.

  • The Artist's Magazine 29th Annual Art Competition: White Ibis Marsh awarded 2012 Finalist in both the wildlife and landscape categories.

  • The Artist's Magazine’s 27th Annual Art Competition: Sand Dune Path awarded 2010 Finalist.
  • Richeson’s 2011 Landscape/Seascape International Art Competition: Got Shrimp selected for exhibition; Shallow Surf, Bright Morning & Sand Dune Fence designated Meritorious Entries.