“I came to the art world later in life after having two previous careers. It is my passion, my therapy, and my joy. When I started in 2003, I painted ‘pretty’ things; still lifes, flowers, and idyllic landscapes. Being a ‘realistic’ style painter, I did well with such subjects.
"I have slowly made a transition from ‘pretty’ to disturbing social issues. I still paint realistically, and now I feel that my artwork has a higher purpose. The intent of my current ‘Homelessness’ series is to encourage viewers to look at the homeless people and their issues. Often, we don’t even make eye-to-eye contact.
My art has two purposes: 1) to bring to light the human beings who are living on the street and their inhumane existences. 2) As a traveling show, the goal is to raise money for homelessness issues.
Homelessness is the disgrace of a wealthy nation.
Keith Artz was born in Tecumseh, Nebraska to parents who always helped encourage his appetite for creative outlets. He learned the art of fine woodworking and furniture making from his father, and developed a love for needlework from his mother. His move from the mid-west to the Pacific Northwest in 1958 opened his eyes to the beauty of nature and made him more observant of colors, contours, and light. “I have come to watercolor late in life and have found that I can express mood and a sense of time, which are difficult to do in my other artistic expressions. I work in a ‘representational’ or ‘realistic’ style of painting. My subjects tend to be of everyday objects that have their own stories to tell. My goal in painting is to help viewers of my art to better see the often hidden optical treasures in ordinary things."
Keith – 1st grade 1947