Born in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains near Los Angeles, California, Keith Batcheller grew up admiring the images of the southwest, the Old West and the native peoples of America. His early love of art led him to study at the prestigious Art Center College of Design where he earned a B.F.A. with honors. Later selected by the Art Center to attend post graduate courses in Connecticut, Keith studied with some of the country's most acclaimed artists including Bob Peak, Mark English, Bernie Fuchs and Bob Heindel.
Keith began his career in New York City as an illustrator, and for the next 30 years he worked for major clients in New York, Chicago and the West Coast creating paintings used in the fields of advertising, publishing and the movie industry.He has done a significant amount of very recognizable work for Walt Disney Productions including movie posters for Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, and Lilo and Stich just to mention a few.
Keith has created 16 paintings for the United States Art Collection, five of witch were choosen for a permanent exhibition at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
He now devotes time and energy to his true passion: painting western scenes and the variety of people who lived in bygon eras, as well as those who live in the contemporary west. Keith enjoys working mostly in oils on canvas using a style known as "Painterly Realism." Telling a story and conveying a sense of emotion through each painting is Keith's goal - one which provides enduring enjoyment for all who see his work.
Keith has been honored with many accolades and awards in his career including the Gold Medal for Best Oil Painting at the 37th Annual San Dimas Festival of Art. He won the People's Choice Award at the 28th Annual Cattlemen's Western Art Show in Paso Robles, CA. and the "Best of Show Award" and "First Place in Oils" at the Mountain View Americana Art Show in Easley, South Carolina.
Keith is also a artist member of California Art Club.