Keelan has always loved to draw and started at a young age, with imaginary cars and robots. His parents never discouraged him from drawing, but they probably should have. He was often in trouble in school because he drew a lot, in lieu of reading or doing his math. He made his way from engineering to architecture as a major, after stumbling through the first year of chemistry and material science. He saw how much fun the architects were having, and learned to draw like an architect at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he completed the M.Arch. with a specialty in representation and design.
Keelan enjoys travel drawing, mostly the travel and gastronomical aspects, but also the drawing. Most recently, his drawing and painting has sought to hybridize an airy drawing technique, inspired loosely by the drawings of John Singer Sargent and Alberto Giacometti, with the Velasquez Palette of burnt siena, ultramarine blue, and yellow ochre, common to architectural watercolorists. In addition, he is also inspired by the rich and deep technique present in Chinese watercolor. Also influential are architectural watercolor artists Moh’d Bilbeisi, Douglas Lew, and Huck Scarry. Keelan is a professor of architecture at Judson University, but considers himself largely a student.
With his special interest in sketching people and architecture with pen and ink, and watercolor, Keelan will be leading the workshop Rapid Sketch with Watercolor and Velasquez Palette.
To see more of Keelan’s work, please visit watercolorblast.wordpress.com/.