Artists of Note | Keith Huey

Art in business and pleasure

Keith Huey, His Domain, oil, 30 x 36.

Keith Huey, His Domain, oil, 30 x 36.

This story was featured in the May 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art May 2015 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story!

To know one’s passion early in life is truly a gift. For Keith Huey, his love for art originated long before he became a painter and successful gallery owner. “I’ve always had a love for art,” Huey says. “I loved looking at paintings in museums, and I had great elementary-school and junior-high-school art teachers.” That love continued through his time in the military and after, when he attended the former Westlake School of Portraiture in Ohio for two years with William Kufahl in the mid-1980s, before opening a gym in North Carolina to teach mixed martial arts.

In the early ’90s, Huey became friends with fellow painters Brent Cotton and Scott Christensen, igniting his fine-art career. Huey and Cotton traveled to Hawaii, Africa, and Alaska, painting all the while. Moving to Jackson, WY, in 1996, Huey worked in various galleries learning the business and painted with Christensen for three years. It was Christensen who inspired him to pursue the landscape. “I always felt the natural world was very appealing,” Huey says. “I sought to be more connected to the world around me, so wildlife and landscape painting were the perfect opportunity for me to make a living doing what I wanted to do.” In 2003, Huey opened his own gallery in Jackson. Two years later, he and his wife moved the gallery to Santa Fe. “I’m a workaholic,” he says. “I’m in the gallery business because it’s an enjoyment, and I love to paint. Everything I do is for the enjoyment of life.” —Joe Kovack

Huey’s work can be found at Hueys Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, and www.keithhuey.com.

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