Keeley has mastered the intimate visual rendition of a large universal scene, in intimate detail and sustained with a certain emotion. Not quite a nostalgia, but an acknowledgement of how things were, how they are and how they be now. With a steady hand and a keen eye, painting out of the home studio he shares with his wife outside Lake Placid, Florida, Keeley is exploring new ways to convey the active stillness that connects the artist with the many thousands who own a Keeley poster, painting or print. His is a genuine work ethic, you won't find projectors or studio assistants, just one man chipping away at the big picture, one element at a time, same as he did when he started out some thirty years ago.
These days he is finding that his colors are shifting, getting deeper, bolder with richer textures. 'Just a natural transition', he says. 'There is more of a build up of paint.' He creates, literally, in the midst of a nature preserve, to the music of the many birds who visit his hideaway. He does all things well with a paint brush, meticulous, with care, with respect for the work, the tradition and the viewer. A humble man who went from a purchasing agent in the armed forces when Eisenhower was president to an artist who commands substantial amounts for his paintings and silk screens..