Keith has been painting for over thirty years, first with watercolours and pastels then later moving on to oils, Keith is self taught and was inspired and encouraged by his late father Mark who was a commercial artist.
Many of Keith’s works are inspired by his youngest son, Jack, and being a Father to four boys has given Keith a unique insight into his subject matter.
He loves the fact that children are so natural and instinctive and the way that their behaviour is spontaneous and from the heart. He says: “What better subject to paint than children? They pick up on body language very early and use it well. I try to convey this body language in my work, through simple everyday situations, emphasising the humour or pathos.”
Another important element in Keith’s work is outdoor life, with the Northumberland countryside in particular a massive influence.
He himself has many happy memories of his own childhood, playing outside, getting grubby and scruffy and loving every minute. His intention is to take the viewer back in time, to what he describes as “a more simple world".