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Keith Bland

With roots in Texas and in Memphis, Tennessee, Keith Bland traveled the "recommended" path for his life and studied and worked in the American corporate world until 1990 when, at the age of 31, he resigned his executive position with a New York investment firm to pursue his art professionally.

After briefly studying at the Art Student's League in New York, he open a working studio in Oxford, Mississippi in 1991. His work, particularly his contemporary portraits of children, became known throughout the South, as he began to devote most of his energy to commissioned portrait work, In 1994, he relocated his studio to Key West, Florida.

Throughout his life, his creative impulses have been primarily inspired from colors and forms found in our natural environment. The water surrounding the Florida Keys became a major influence during the mid-90�s, which is when he began painting the continuing series of forms immersed in water.

He opened a second studio in New York in 2002, and by the end of 2003, the contemporary fruit "still life" paintings were underway. In early 2005, the still life paintings slowly evolved into the seemingly surrealistic "Fallen Fruit" series featuring pieces of fruit suspended (or falling) on a natural background of sky and horizon.

Keith currently splits his time between New York and Florida, and has won many commissions and awards since beginning his professional artist journey in the early 1990's.