Brian Keeler was born in 1953 andbegan his artistic studies early in life, as his father was a painter as well. His interest in drawing and painting throughout his youth led him to study first at Keystone College near Scranton, PA, and then at the York Academy of Arts in York, PA. While in York he studied realistic painting under the auspices of Tom Wise, Ted Fitzkee, Virgil Sova, William Faulkler and others. He has since studied with several other accomplished realist painters including Dan Greene, Everett Kinstler, Jack Beal and Nelson Shanks. Graduating from the York School in 1975, he has pursued his career as fine artist ever since while winning numerous awards and having shows throughout the northeast and beyond. Portrait painting was the mainstay early on in his career with landscape and other explorations taking precedent later, but his work always showing a decidedly realist and representational preference.
Keeler’s work has won wide acclaim over the years. His paintings have been collected by many individuals, corporations, and museums. His work has appeared in feature articles in American Artist Magazine in 1992 and 2003 and in 2006 Pastelogram, a journal for pastel artists featured his art. Two books have been illustrated by Keeler in collaboration with their authors, one a children’s’ book and the other a treatise on a mystical theme.