b. 1947 West Los Angeles, CA A daughter of California scene painter Charles F. Keck, I am a freelance writer as well as a visual artist.
Though intimidated by my father's skill, I always enjoyed art and took some art classes in college, including one from (now, but not then)renowned artist Vija Celmins, where I met my husband. (We have been married 40 years.) I was more interested in writing, however, and went into teaching, thinking that summers would give me time for my own work. After teaching elementary school for 18 years, I became restless and uncomfortable. I longed for silence, and nothing helped, except painting. Small galleries included my paintings in shows after just six months of serious work. Then, I decided I needed to learn to draw. I waited in line at 4 AM every 10 weeks to register for uninstructed drawing groups at Barnsdall Art Center ( I know, we can't spell properly here in the States) in Los Angeles. Several dealers encouraged me and showed my work. In 1998, we moved to Colorado. I do not currently have a dealer, and I spend most of my time writing, but I do a few paintings a year, take a lot of pictures, and am experimenting with digital art.…Read More
I took a few classes at California State College at Los Angeles (including the one from Celmins--she will never admit she taught there, but she sure helped me!)I was majoring in English Literature, though. I have never won any awards. Several galleries in the L.A. area showed my paintings including Orlando, now in Tarzana.,…Read More