Keith Emerling Bio

Observation is the greatest teacher, I paint and draw from life.

The first painting I can remember doing was when I was in grade school, my family still has it and I still like it. The next time I picked up a brush was in college. I painted all the time, starting with abstract work, some being diptychs that were 5x7 and 8x10 feet in size. Later I began painting smaller and becoming more representational, eventually painting mostly still life.

 

I painted into my 30's and then stopped entirely. It took me too long to complete a painting, the last one taking six months. At the time, I was already a private chef and continued to work in that profession for a total of ten years. Then I became a commercial and fine art photographer for almost another decade. I came back to cooking for another five years as a recipe creator and author. When I finally returned to painting, I did so with a passion.

 

I now paint rather quickly, which is very helpful in painting from life, especially when working en plein air or with flowers and people. The connection is more than just with the subject matter. The process of creating results in personal growth and captures evidence of beauty in the world. Painting is full of discovery and is a puzzle of interlocking pieces that eventually reveals a finished piece.

 

This process maps the growth of me as an artist as well as a person. It is living connection that keeps me making and remaking myself. In that remaking I hope to discover an aliveness and sense of who I am.

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Degrees include a B.A. in Fine Arts from University at Albany (State University of New York at Albany, SUNYA) and undergraduate work at U.C. Santa Barbara, Cleveland State University and Berkshire Community College. I also completed one year of non-degree graduate work in painting and photography at SUNYA. I continue to take classes and workshops

 

Gallery showings include the Guild of Berkshire Artists, Lauren Clark Fine Art, the Richmond-West Stockbridge Artist Guild, the Housatonic Valley Art League, Bagels Too Gallery, Good Purpose Gallery, Adams Community Bank in North Adams, The Kinderhook Group Gallery, Berkshire Humane Society Gallery, Shaker Mill Inn, the Stockbridge Library, Gallery 35 at Stone House Properties, the Welles Gallery, TD Bank in Great Barrington, The Spencertown Academy, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, L’Atelier Berkshires, Becket Arts Center, JWS Art Store, The Stationery Factory, The Lichtenstein Center, Berkshire Art Association, The Colonial Theatre, Berkshire Regional Art Guild and the Artful Mind Gallery.

Education 

1984-1985

1 year Non-Degree Graduate work in painting and photography

State University of New York, Albany (SUNYA)

1982-1984

BA in Fine Arts, painting, drawing and photography

State University of New York, Albany (SUNYA)

1977-1981

Undergraduate, University of California (UCSD and UCSB)

and Berkshire Community College

Awards 

2019

1992-1996

First Place Watercolor Division for "Day Lilies"

Berkshire Regional Art Guild (BRAG)

3 Fuji Masterpiece Awards in Commercial Photography

Exhibitions 

Solo

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 © 2020 Keith Emerling

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