Growing up in Maryland, my brother Rob introduced me to birds when he showed me a Cedar Waxwing near our home in Maryland.
My mother Janice, a deeply talented woman, bestowed upon her six children an appreciation of art. Through her work, teaching skills and the abundance of art books, our home was a sanctuary of creativity. I took up illustrating birds in 1976, my senior year of high school.
I explored California as a young man, focusing on the Central Valley, the Sierra Nevada and the coast of central and northern California. I expanded my horizons toward tropical Mexico and Central America. Explorations throughout the tropical Pacific, the Andes, Galapagos and the Amazon pushed my sphere of experience further. Working on the Farallons, for the Point Reyes Bird Observatory and at the Bolinas Field Station, introduced me to Marin County’s Point Reyes Peninsula.
I have illustrated for various organizations and publications, including books, scientific journals, magazines, newsletters and logos. In addition, I have worked on murals, taught drawing classes, had art shows, bird symposiums and produced private commissions.
For the past 14 years, I have been illustrating a book entitled, “Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History”, authored by Ted Beedy and Ed Pandolfino.
Keith’s "Wildlife Gallery” is located in Bolinas, where people are welcome to visit and view my art on display.
My wife Patricia and I live in Bolinas.