John E Keller Fine Art & Photography
"To behold beauty dignifies your life; it heals you and calls you out beyond the smallness of your own self-limitations to experience new horizons. To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged." (John O'Donohue, Beauty, the Invisible Embrace)
To my parents who inspired my vision by calling attention to the beauty around me. I'm thankful for a father who recognized my talent and sold a cow in order to purchase a correspondence art course that filled in the gap left by a high school that provided no art teacher. For a mother whose passion for photography could make a drive in the country an exciting search for subjects to photograph and who exposed me to the magic of an image appearing on a white piece of paper submerged in a bath of developer. To my teachers...the elementary classroom teacher, Mrs. Robinson, my high school English teacher, Mrs. Jensen, and the university art teacher, Don Robinson...who encouraged, taught, and mentored me.
My goal is to create art that draws the viewer and holds their attention by being visually and conceptually intriguing. I am dedicated to creating art that is pleasing to people like my parents, a beekeeper and a housewife. At the same time, I strive to create art that a formally trained artist will appreciate. The subjects for my paintings and photographs include the exotic locations that I have been blessed to visit, along with the more ordinary and extraordinary details of daily life. The content of my art is, fundamentally, to deliver the same message that we find in Romans 1:20, “God is evident… for since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made.”
In short, design demands designer.