My Bio/Resumé

"I create with a childlike, energetic spirit. I use geometric shapes and organic forms and merge them into work that feeds the mind with wonder, reflection and question."

My range of work includes graphic design, painting and wood sculpture. I'm a Jacksonville native who graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design in 2001. During that time, my paintings were displayed at the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum in Jacksonville and later at The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. For two years, I've worked as an illustrator for an aspiring children's book author and had a pen and ink drawing published in Impact Press magazine in 2002.

In 2005, I earned a Masters degree from Webster University where I learned how to finance my painting commissions and graphic design projects. It didn't help me land a job in the corporate world, but it was useful when I began painting portraits for professional athletes, friends and family members. My left wrist injury and surgery later that year led to a revival of my childhood painting style which consisted of wild, vivid colors and vigorous brushstrokes. My influences include Cubism and Abstract Expressionism. And, my graphic design and painting style is a mix of fractured space (geometric shapes layered in perspective) with expressive color. I do commissioned paintings for clients every now and then, but these days I find more time to paint 'en plein air'. I've also taken an economical and environmental approach to creating art by using discarded wood and metal to produce abstract sculptures of the human form. My statues are generally held together by either screws, glue or thin aluminum rods which act as a skeleton to hold the joints in place.

In 2006, I began producing commercial art for web designers and small businesses from Florida to Wisconsin. Projects included prototype drawings, logos and illustrations for children's books and magazines. In recent years, I taught a series of graphic design courses and fine art workshops. I am currently a graphic designer for Zimmer Biomet and a part-time fine arts instructor at the University of North Florida.

My work has been featured in several regional art exhibits, and I have participated in youth art outreach activities in Jacksonville and St. Augustine. I've had the honor to have some of my paintings published in three consecutive ArtWanted.com international art calendars (2008, 2009 and 2010). In 2013, I was given the honor of Featured Artist at the semi-annual A Brush With Nature, a premier outdoor painting event fundraiser for the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. I continue to design for clients across the country and frequently present my artwork in galleries in St. Augustine, St. Petersburg and Jacksonville. My work can be found in private collections and public institutions.


Education

2005: MA, Business; Webster University, St. Louis, MO
2001: BFA, Graphic Design; University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Solo Exhibitions

2015: Street Series Retrospective (FSCJ North Gallery, Jacksonville, FL)
2015: An Artist's Point of View (FSCJ Kent Gallery, Jacksonville, FL)
2014: Haskell Gallery, Jacksonville International Airport (Jacksonville, FL)
2013: JAX Chamber of Commerce Headquarters (Jacksonville, FL)
2012: Beaches Fine Arts Series, Jacksonville Beach, FL
2012: Street Series IV (RS&H Architects, Jacksonville, FL)
2011: Metropolis (Avondale Artworks, Jacksonville, FL)
2011: Street Series IV (Perdue Office Interiors, Jacksonville, FL)
2011: Street Series IV (Florida Bank, Jacksonville, FL)
2008: Graphic Art & Paintings Too (FCCJ North Gallery, Jacksonville, FL)
2008: First Impressions (FCCJ Kent Gallery, Jacksonville, FL)
2007: Beaches Fine Art Series, Jacksonville Beach, FL
2004: Street Scenes Collection and The Seasons, (Modis Building, Jacksonville, FL)

Duet Exhibitions

2010: MOCA Jacksonville LAB Gallery with visual artist Princess Rashid
2010: JAXPORT Corporate Headquarters exhibit with textile artist Billie McCray
2006: Jacksonville International Airport exhibit with Carolyn Schlam

Permanent Art Installations/Public Collections

2016: Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville, FL)
2015: Baptist Medical Center South (Jacksonville, FL)
2014: Zimmer Biomet Headquarters (Jacksonville, FL)
2013: University of North Florida Thomas G. Carpenter Library (Jacksonville, FL)
2001: University of North Florida J.J. Daniel Hall (Jacksonville, FL)

Awards/Honors

2016: The Public Trust Evironmental Legal Institute of Florida 'Pass The Torch', Artist Honoree
2011: St. Augustine Art Association 'Fall Members In Miniatures Exhibit' Honorable Mention
2011: The Art Center Cooperative Gallery 'City Sounds Juried Exhibit' Second Place
2001: University of North Florida Foundation Permanent Art Collection Award
2000: Florida Community College at Jacksonville 3D Design Excellence Award

Publications

2016: North Jax Artist - Life on Canvas; North Jax Monthly, August 2016, Vol. 12, Issue 8, pgs 7 and 12
2015: The Ritz's Through Our Eyes Offers Deep Artistic Perspectives; Folio Weekly, February 18, 2015
2013: Arts Unleashed; BUZZ Magazine, October 2013, Vol. 8, Issue 10
2012: The Art of Giving, Holiday Guide 2012; Folio Weekly, November 13 - 19, 2012
2011: Seasons and Conservation in our Coastal Region - 9 Artists: 24 Images; The Florida Times-Union, June 1, 2011
2010: Cultural Revolution: Painter Keith Doles works in vibrant color and active compassion; Folio Weekly, November 16 - 22, 2010
2010: Keith Doles: truth in expression; FlaVlour Magazine, Summer 2010
2008: Hometown artist has heart, soul in exhibit; The Florida Times-Union, November 2008 (Feature Artist interview)
2007: Acclaimed musicians in new trio play at Fine Arts Series; The Florida Times-Union, October 2007

Memberships

First Coast Plein Air Painters
Webster University Alumni Association
University of North Florida Alumni Association

Volunteer/Outreach Activities

2015-2016: Ritz Theatre & Museum Through Our Eyes portfolio and mixed media workshops (Jacksonville, FL)
2015: A Brush with Nature, A Plein Air Event Ad Sales Coordinator
2012-2013: A Brush with Nature, A Plein Air Invitational event materials committee (Jacksonville, FL)
2011-2012: Served as Vice-President and Board Member of The Art Center Cooperative Gallery (Jacksonville, FL)
2010: Head Start center mural with The Art Center Cooperative Gallery and HandsOn Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL)
2009: Lofton Creek Counseling Center mural (Nassau County, FL)
2008: Tobacco-Free Jacksonville mural @ City Kids Art Factory (Jacksonville, FL)
2007-2010: Annual World of Arts Day workshop @ San Jose Elementary (Jacksonville, FL)