Brian Keeler

North Star Art Gallery

My studio is located in a wing of our home, an Italianate Victorian with cupola. My work is Painterly Realism, much of it done en plein air. Studio exhibitions change monthly, e.g., Vintage Buildings; Heliodelic Topography; On the Water; Dance Art; Quirky Vehicles; Ireland; Italy.


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743 Snyder Hill Road, Ithaca, NY 14850


Snyder Hill Road is east of Ithaca. My house is a light gray Victorian with cupola at curve in the road at intersection with Besemer Hill Rd. You can park in the second driveway that leads to studio wing at East side of house.


My love of painting en plein air was nurtured growing up in the Endless Mountains region of Northeast Pennsylvania. I continue to paint along the Susquehanna River, but more often in the Finger Lakes Region during the Golden Hour, late afternoon. Other favorite locations are New England, Italy, and Ireland. 

In 2016 an overview of my 30 plus years of painting was exhibited at the Roberson Museum, Binghamton, NY, called "Heliodelic 
Topography - Expressions of Sun-drenched Forms - the Art of Brian Keeler." I coined the term "heliodelic" to describe my work. This is a blend of "helio" from "heliotrope"which means light-seeking, as a sunflower turns toward the light, and "delic" from "psychedelic to denote heightened awareness and delight in the visual. The catalog I wrote for this show includes most of the 95 paintings that were exhibited. I have won many honors over the years, most recently the Best Plein Air Painting January/February 2016 award from the Plein Art Magazine competition.

Recently the songwriter/singer/musician Pat Kane posted two of his songs now available through YouTube clips that use my paintings for the imagery, titled “The Hills Around My Home” and “Out Here in a Hayfield.” My art is also on the cover of three Zingology CDs of classic jazz I produced with other Ithaca musicians. 

Over the years I have been doing many teaching workshops and demonstrations. This has culminated in an art instructional book, Dramatic Color in the Landscape, published in 2014 by North Light Books, as well as several art instruction videos, all available at my studio. 

Video clips of how I begin a painting and progressions are posted on YouTube on my channel “MrBrianKeeler”.  

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