Artist of the westerly wind women
Keith moved to Tofino in Clayoquot Sound in 1990 from Ontario where he had been painting , woodcarving and wood turning for 15 years. He arrived with his antique lathe originally used at a sawmill in the 1930’s. When Keith’s passionate and creative spirit met with the awe inspiring spirit of the Clayoquot Sound’s old growth forests, he evolved his wood turning skills and modified his lathe to be able to create larger turned works, up to 3 feet across. He wanted his work to suggest the monumental size and spirit of these ancient trees. He usually works with red cedar and yellow cedar, sometimes maple, hemlock, spruce, or pine. Some pieces are symmetrically turned on the lathe and some pieces have the bark and natural edges and shape of the burl.