Around the Pond
Oil on Panel
12 x 16
Signed Lower Left
“Inspiration comes after I begin, I don’t wait for it, I begin, and it finds me, it is like stepping onto an invisible bridge - like Indiana Jones did, I see the bridge in my heart and mind’s eye, and the process begins, I feel as if I am involved in real magic. In a darkened theater the man in the tuxedo waves his hand and a dove appears, we call it magic. In a sunlit studio, a painter waves his hand and a whole world takes form, we call it art. Sometimes the difference isn’t all that clear because when I am at the easel, I feel like a combination of magician and conductor, I conduct and connect dots of light. Like the conductor, I appreciate many different styles of music. Most people enjoy various types of music, jazz, big band, opera, pop, or hip-hop. I feel the same way about the many expressive ways artists speak on canvas. I don’t limit myself to a single pathway or
“Ism.” I love all the isms, realism, impressionism, surrealism and so on. The only “ism” I don’t embrace is cynicism and that has made all the difference.” Keith Klein’s work is part of the collection(s) of the Princess of Saudi Arabia, Cincinnati Bell, Converges, Cincinnati Financial and many prestigious private collections across the United States. Klein studied in the atelier of Anneliese Wahrenburg for 10 years and was trained in the manner of the Hague School of painting. Ms. Wahrenburg emigrated from Germany after she was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp for sheltering and helping Jewish people during the war. Klein is amazingly diverse, with styles that range from classical realism, impressionism, pointillism and plein air – always painted with his recognizable “Voice” even in these divergent styles. He often puts surprises and symbols in his work. Keith teaches classes in oil painting, acrylics, pastels and watercolor five days a week in his studio. He also has a special affinity and gift for teaching special needs children and adults.