Keith Cornell

Biography

Keith is a painter of Ontario's landscapes. He travels about Ontario making small acrylic sketches and brings them back to his Markham home and transforms them into larger statements.

His love of the Ontario landscape began at an early age. He grew up in the York region surrounded by the lush farmland and by great works of art that his grandfather (a director at Simpson's Fine Art Gallery in Toronto) brought home. David Milne lived just down the street and Keith was lucky enough to see a plein air painter in action. It was a combination of these factors that inspired Keith to pursue a career in art.

Cornell is now a full time painter. He spent 34 years as an art teacher including 20 years as Head of the Art Department at Woburn Collegiate in Scarborough. He is a graduate of York University's Fine Art Department.

He paints only in Ontario because of his boundless enthusiasm to explore his home province. An ardent believer in knowing your local area, Keith sketches in all seasons. Recently, Keith has done shows on The Madawaska Valley, Algonquin Park, Waterfalls of Ontario, Beaches of Ontario, Rocks, Algoma and The French River.

This year Keith has been emphasizing bolder colours rather than any specific geographical location. By using a stronger, more emotional palette, he is trying to create an irresistible connection with the viewer. He is trying to communicate with colour. The colours that he is using may not be what people would normally expect to see in real life but he hopes that this unexpected interpretation will spark interest and enjoyment.

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