Winter on Spring Hill
oil
60'' x 34''
Keeler, Brian
1953-

Born in 1953, Brian Keeler developed his interest in painting from his father, painter and newspaper editor, the late William Keeler of Wyalusing.

He received his art education with studio and art history courses at Keystone Junior College located near Scranton, Pennsylvania.  He continued his education at the York Academy of Arts in York, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1975.  At the York Academy  he first studied traditional landscape, portraiture, and figure painting.  While at the academy, Keeler also developed a deep interest in a group of American realist "street scene" painters, known as "The Eight."

From his appreciation of "The Eight", Brian Keeler began to explore, through his paintings, the life of everyday America with a uniquely contemporary approach.  In addition to his more realistic style, the artist has also produced an imaginative and whimsical body of work that is characterized by thought-provoking surreal imagery.

The artist has exhibited his work in many regional and national shows, including: the Cooperstown National, the Chautauqua National, and the Pastel Society of America, where he was accepted as a full member in 1990.  In 1990, one of his paintings was selected by American Artist magazine as a winner in a contest called "Preserving Our Natural Resources."  He was also featured in a 1992 issue of American Artist magazine, which described his working methods and philosophy.