Keith Wilkie, McLean Member Since October 2012 Artist Statement 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.
“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’m sure that in a prior life I was a pirate, fisherman or lowly crewman on some sailing vessel. 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 work in galleries and museums in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Oregon, Wisconsin, California and the Carolinas. His work has received numerous awards in prestigious marine and landscape art competitions and is often highlighted in international fine art exhibitions. Painting from his home studio in McLean, VA, Keith’s work can be found in private collections across America.
Keith is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists, a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, and a member of Landscape Artists International. Contact Keith directly to discuss particular originals, ordering prints or arranging for a commissioned work specifically for your collection or for a gift.