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Keith Wilkie

Painting (Oils and Acrylics)

Dinghy Calm
Leeds Afternoon
Flying In
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Selected as a finalist in the Artist's Magazine annual competition; included in the 2014 Artist's Magazine Calendar; published in Acrylic Works, Elan Magazine and others.

32"H x 46"W


Photo by Keith

Dinghy Calm

Dinghy Calm

Fishing dinghies in the calm harbor.

9"H x 12"W

Contact Island Art Gallery at(843) 314-0298

$450 Original framed - 9" x 12"



Oil on panel

8"H x 10"W


Leeds Afternoon

Leeds Afternoon

An image in the gardens near Leeds Castle in the U.K.; Acrylic on canvas.

24"H x 30"W

$1,500 Original

Flying In

Flying In

9"H x 12"W

$450 Original framed

Artist Statement/Bio

About the Artist

Sailor, beach lover & traveler from an early age, Keith's paintings capture the quiet, peaceful nature of familiar coastal scenes, landscapes and café subjects. From the Chesapeake Bay and the Carolina coast to Europe, the Caribbean and beyond, his work evokes memorable moments encountered by nearly all of us – whether it is a salty breeze at the beach, relaxing on the deck of a boat, a cozy sidewalk café, or a sun-lit glass of bubbling Champagne on a hotel veranda. An avid boater with a Captain's license from the USCG, much of his recent inspiration comes from time on the water. His home studio is located on Yonges Island near Charleston, S.C.

“My grandmother had a print of Winslow Homer's "Breezing Up" over her mantel and that scene pulled me in for as long as I can remember. Water is definitely part of my soul, and it’s usually the salty variety. I grew up fishing and boating with my grandfather and dad on the beaches and waterways of the Carolinas. As an adult I spent years sailing in the Carolinas, in Charleston harbor and offshore, along the coast and the Chesapeake Bay, where I lived on my sailboat for a time. I can sit for hours and simply watch the water – whether rough or calm, sparkling from the sun or dark in the night, ocean or stream, lake or pond. It’s calming for me – no matter what the circumstances. I try to capture those feelings and their colors when I paint, regardless of the subject.”

Keith has exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Oregon, Wisconsin, California and the Carolinas and periodically shows work at juried art festivals. His work has received numerous awards in prestigious marine and landscape art competitions and is often highlighted in international fine art exhibitions. Keith’s work can be found in private collections across America and in the U.K. as well as the South Carolina Maritime Museum.

Keith is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the American Society of Marine Artists, and a former Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters. Contact Keith directly to discuss particular originals, ordering prints or arranging for a commissioned work specifically for your collection or for a gift.

Recent Recognition

  • "Three Egret Marsh" featured as cover art for Robert Lackey's Kingdoms in the Marsh, 2018

  • Featured in American Art Collector Magazine, June 2016.

  • "Sunfish Camp" featured on the cover of 48 North Sailing Magazine, March 2016.

  • Featured on the cover of: Living Here, Myrtle Beach, SC, 2014/2015 Edition, published October 2nd, 2014.

  • Featured in: "Collecting Landscape Art", American Art Collector magazine, September 2014 issue.

  • Featured in: "I Saw it in SWA", Southwest Art magazine, August 2014 issue.

  • Featured in: "Collecting Marine Art", American Art Collector magazine, June 2014 issue.

  • "Surfside" featured in Southwest Art magazine, January 2014 issue.

  • Featured in "Acrylic Works", a book on acrylic artists, published by FW Media.

  • "USS Carolina" accepted into the permanent collection of the South Carolina Maritime Musem, Georgetown, S.C. December 2013.

  • Featured in: "Juror's Choice", Southwest Art Magazine, January 2014 issue.

  • "Tied to the Sea", an article on Keith's work in e'lan Magazine, October 2013.

  • The Artist's Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition: "Surfside" awarded 2013 Finalist.

  • Featured in: “A Portfolio of Winners”, Southwest Art Magazine, January 2013 Issue.

  • Featured in: Art Galleries & Artists of the South, volume 9, issue 3; March 2013.

  • Featured in: “Collecting Fine Art in Washington, D.C.” American Art Collector; March 2013.

  • The Artist's Magazine 29th Annual Art Competition: White Ibis Marsh awarded 2012 Finalist in both the wildlife and landscape categories.

  • The Artist's Magazine’s 27th Annual Art Competition: Sand Dune Path awarded 2010 Finalist.
  • Richeson’s 2011 Landscape/Seascape International Art Competition: Got Shrimp selected for exhibition; Shallow Surf, Bright Morning & Sand Dune Fence designated Meritorious Entries.


Oil as well as acrylic paintings on stretched canvas or on panels. I often use the extra fine Charvin oil paints made with poppyseed oils in the south of France for my oil paintings. Work is done in-studio primarily at my home-base on Yonges Island, SC near Charleston. Original sizes range from 4" x 6" to larger canvases 36" x 48" or larger. Many of the works shown on this website are sold or privately held, but those available are so indicated. Custom work, commissions, based on a collector's concept are invited. Limited edition giclees (intense ink prints on canvas or archival papers) may be ordered for nearly every image in a variety of sizes - framed or unframed. Images of most of my paintings are now also available reproduced on note cards, iphone cases, throw pillows, and tote bags as well.


May 24 - June 8, 2019

Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Charleston, SC

May 18, 2019

Charleston Yacht Club Private Showing

Charleston, SC

Club members only

December 13, 2018

Private Group Demo/Workshop

Magnolia Farms, Charleston, SC

May 19 - 21, 2017

Tall Ships Charleston

Charleston, SC

One of ten marine artists exhibiting at this tall ships event

August 28 - November 25, 2016

Group Show-Maplewood Park Place

Bethesda, MD

April 16 - 17, 2016

Arlington Fine Arts Festival

Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA

100+ artists along Washington Blvd. 10-5 each day!

September 26 - 27, 2015

Leesburg Fine Art Festival

Leesburg, VA

Exhibiting downtown historic Leesburg.

May 30 - 31, 2015

Arts in the Middle

Urbanna, VA

One of 100 artists selected to participate in this weekend-long festival.

March 18 - April 19, 2015

Art of Gastronomy

Healdsburg, CA

Single Select chosen for exhibit at Healdsburg Center for the Arts

April 19, 2014 - April 18, 2015

Arlington Festival of the Arts

Arlington, VA

February 15 - March 15, 2015

Stormy Weather

Annapolis, MD

Stormy Sunrise on exhibit at the Annapolis Maritime Museum; Opening reception January 25th.

February 1 - 28, 2015

Coastal Therapy - Solo Show

Gallery Underground, Crystal City, VA

Solo Show of Paintings by Keith Wilkie; Opening reception February 6, 2015 5pm - 8pm

December 6, 2014

Artist's Studio Show & Sale

The Wilkie Residence, McLean, VA

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

October 3 - 30, 2014

World Aesthetic

Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA

Boats Along St Pierre was selected for this nationally juried show

September 20 - 21, 2014

Leesburg Fine Art Festival

Leesburg, VA

April 25 - 27, 2014

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

Annapolis city dock

Nautical and Coastal Art on Exhibit

December 7, 2013

2nd Annual Studio Show

Keith Wilkie Art Studio

Invitation-Only Event

November 15 - 17, 2013

Telfair Art Fair

Savannah, GA

October 19 - 20, 2013

Bethesda Row Art Festival

Elm, Bethesda and Woodmont streets, Bethesda, MD

Keith will be among nearly 200 featured artists at this top nationally ranked festival

October 12 - 13, 2013

Reston Fine Art Festival at Lake Anne Plaza

Reston, VA

September 14 - 15, 2013

Leesburg Fine Art Festival

Leesburg, VA

June 1 - 30, 2013

Coastal Colors

Gallery Underground-Crystal City, VA

Solo Show

April 27 - 28, 2013

Fairfax Fine Art Festival

Fairfax Corner

October 6 - 7, 2012

Fairfax Festival of the Arts

Fairfax Corner, 11900 Palace Way, Fairfax, VA 22030

One of only several painters among 135 artists selected

September 8, 2012

34th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival

Bethany Beach, DE

July 8 - August 12, 2012

International Society of Acrylic Painters Annual Exhibition

Paso Robles, CA

Keith Wilkie's Sunfish Boot Camp selected for exhibition.

April 16 - June 8, 2012

Richeson 75 Landscape/Seascape 2012

Richeson School of Art & Gallery Kimberly Wisconsin

Sunfish Boot Camp and Block Island Surf awarded Finalist: selected for exhibition.

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