LEE KELLER 

My obsession with animals began at a very young age. It all started at 2 years old with my first dog. I quickly realized dogs didn’t talk back, they love you unconditionally and never judge their human companion. Soon after came my love for art. However, it took me 45 years to get up the nerve to combine the two into my dream job!  

I was born and raised in Western NC.  I studied Fine Art at Western Piedmont Community College, then Fine Art and Graphic Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. However my fear of being a ‘starving artist’ held me back. I changed directions and spent 17 years working a fulfilling career in Occupational Therapy with special needs children. I experienced many of the typical bumps in life that most adults experience. However, in 2015 I experienced a life changing event of losing my father in law and nearly losing my husband in a terrible car accident. It was then I decided life was too short not to at least make an attempt to follow my passion. I combined my love for animals and art into my full time job and couldn't  be happier!  Since 2015 I have completed over 1,000 paintings. Much of my work is published, canvas prints can be found in several major retailers.

My medium is acrylic paint on canvas. My signature style is a ‘headshot’ on a bold background with focus on the animals expression, especially the eyes. 

The goal of my art is to brighten a room, bring some smiles and honor the beauty, innocence, and best of all, humor, in all of God’s creations.