Mark Keathley - Art of the South - Fine Art

Morning in Cades Cove


August 2015

This particular morning in Cades Cove I was behind a line of cars crawling down the one lane blacktop. Brake lights were all on, maybe off for a couple seconds, then on again.

The morning mist was thick and the air was thin. I remember wishing I had a warmer jacket as I strolled away from the line of cars hoping to find a vantage point that just might get it all in. It rarely happens - where everything comes together and I hear music in the background as I take a photo! This day was no different, but the sun was eager to shine its light on the landscape, and that is what caught my attention. Everyone else was there to see the fall color or an illusive bear, but I was after the light. I took this photo, and smiled inside when I reviewed it on my camera screen.

As you can see, it was the "mood" that I was interested in when starting this painting. I arranged and re arranged some barns and a cabin, and decided to make it feel like I felt that morning, walking on my own through this picturesque countryside - nothing was planned. There was no "center piece." Just the randomness of nature and the addition of a family farm which I would see in a few minutes around the corner.

Then out of my imagination and longing, stroll a herd of deer into the pasture from a thicket on the left. Oh, did you hear that? It sounds like turkeys in the woods over there. Maybe they will come out too. There is something about these dawn moments that stirs the soul and helps us anticipate excitement and adventure in our life. With Morning at Cades Cove, I want to invite you to your new day. It is bursting with color and sound, and light - so go ahead and enter it with anticipation.

~ Mark Keathley

Editions: 18"x27" SN (95) and AP (15), 24"x36" SN (25) and AP (10)



July 2015

Few Places offer us the chance to feel alive and connected to the earth like the sea shore. The hurried pace of life with its traffic and schedules is not a place or time to contemplate our existence or purpose in life. I've rarely connected with my Creator while maneuvering through town on an errand that I don't want to take a long time. However, when I step out on to the beach, whether in Texas, California, Florida or the East Coast, I always have the same response - Serenity. Now I can meditate on what is important. "God, what do you have in store for me in my life?" "How do I need to perceive you to make it through this next season of life?" or "What would you have me do?" I've created a "meditative place" for you in your home. Simple lines, soft and smooth texture, and some morning sun rays appealed to me one morning on the eastern shore, All that it is missing in this painting is the steady roar of the waves as they continually roll over and massage the sand beneath your feet.

~ Mark Keathley

Editions: 18"x24" SN (95) and AP (15), 25.5"x34" SN (25), 30"x40" AP (15)

Highland Harmony


February 2016

I go to the mountains regularly. Offering up amazing views and beautiful fresh air, I come alive in all my senses and breathe deep of the Majesty of God’s creation. I never cease to be amazed at the scale. No photograph or painting seems to capture the sheer magnitude of each peak much less the mass of them all together. This particular day of sightseeing, driving along miles of split rail fence and the entrance to Ralph Lauren’s Double RL ranch, I couldn’t take my eyes off the peaks ! Towering over the valley in front of me in the soft backlit sunlight, the landscape before me was mesmerizing. Patches of clouds, sunshine and shadows floating across the land were so internally moving, all I could say was “Wow!” over and over. I want you to feel the magnitude of the Rockies and the Harmony the light and air brought to this ideal setting as I changed nothing. I simply painted, took pictures, and breathed deep. I did wish for a heard of elk to come by - so maybe they did later - but I added them to complete the joy and the wonder of Highland Harmony.

~ Mark Keathley

Editions: 20"x24" SN (95) and AP (15), 24"x30" SN (25) and AP (5), 36"x48" AP (5)

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