Light gives life.
And, within all things there is an underlying spiritual component.
Those two truths are the foundation of my art. I strive to capture the true essence of the place by seeing and feeling the divine in nature. By painting frequently on location, my relationship with nature is strengthened and I gain deeper insights. These field studies painted en plein air are about responding to the moment and capturing the natural harmonies of light and color. From these studies, I develop larger studio works which go beyond the spontaneity of the plein air pieces to elaborate on those deeper connections. Rather than painting a literal depiction, the paintings are emotional responses. Of greatest concern is capturing the spirit of the landscape.
To create a painting that feels like nature is different than a mere depiction of every detail. What I leave out of the painting is just as important – if not more so – than what I put in. It is like good jazz music or a good poem. I don’t try to tell you everything I know in each painting. I don’t care to paint every superfluous detail, every blade of grass, or every leaf on a tree. Through the expressive qualities of paint, I suggest rather than explain; leaving room for you, the viewer, to delight in discovery and to respond in a very personal manner.
“Keith depicts the majestic landscape with reverence and awe, his paintings take us away to commune with nature,” writes Clint Watson of Informed Collector. Keith Bond’s exquisite oil paintings exude deep emotion and veneration for the earth. He has a gift of capturing the true essence of the place. Keith – who spent his youth exploring the remote mountains and canyons near his childhood home in rural Cache Valley, Utah – has a natural ability to see beyond the ‘picturesque’ beauty of a scene. He can also feel the spirit of the landscape. He paints this feeling – an emotional response to the scene – rather than painting a literal depiction. His work has quickly gained recognition as he has exhibited in numerous invitational, juried and one man shows across the country. He has received many awards and his work has been included in several publications. His work can be found in many private and public collections worldwide including museums, corporate offices, government buildings, and religious institutions. He was commissioned to paint 2 murals for the Senate Chamber of the Utah State Capitol Building. Additionally, he has monumental murals in several other buildings. Most recently, a large scale mural project was installed into the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The mural, depicting the highlands of Guatemala, measures over 9 feet high and nearly 75 feet long as it wraps around the room. Keith currently lives north of Ft. Collins in rural Wellington, Colorado with his wife and six children.