Creston Keith Blanchard (1956-)
Signed “KEITH ‘90” lower left,
watercolor on paper 20 x 16 inches.
“What I am looking for is the intensity of the response. It is usually going to be either very positive or very negative, and I can live with both. I produce images that a viewer can interpret in any way they wish. And that alone is a valid reason for that image to exist. I feel that it is an artist’s obligation to share his feelings and experiences… the writer, the poet, the musician, the painter are all important for that reason.”
-Creston Keith Blanchard
Creston Keith Blanchard, a native Texan, is both a national and international artist, known primarily for his watercolors.
He was born on March 15, 1956 in Austin, Texas, attended Anderson High School, studied with Amado Pena, and graduated with Honors from Southwest Texas University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He married in 1981 and eventually moved to Rio de Janeiro with his wife, Vera. In that city, he became influenced in its exuberance and dynamism, which is evident in his artistic output.
He worked in advertising, magazine illustration, and courtroom drawing and understands how to elicit a considered response from an audience. It is this expertise which has led him to his belief that art has an obligation to give the viewer a chance to embark on a personal journey of exploration and interpretation.
His professional background in commercial art has caused him to explore all areas of artistic media. His style which ranges from representational to abstract is fulfilled in a variety of mediums, including fiber, watercolor, painting, sculpture, and graphics. He chooses his subject and then selects the means of expression he feels will most realize his vision of the end result. He has chosen to use watercolor for its fluidity and spontaneity. Vigor and movement is particularly evident in his watercolor nudes.
He has shown his work in galleries and museums in Texas, Hawaii, New York, and Brazil. His art also is owned by private collectors in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and Scandinavia.