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Michael Keane (American b. 1948)

Since he can remember, Michael Keane has had a special affinity for the sea, growing up, he filled his grandmother's house with the ship models that he was constantly building. 
A lifelong artist, he started painting as a child, and was given extensive instruction in oil painting and pastels. After eight years of study with his first instructor, he came under the tutelage of Marshall Joyce, a renowned marine artist. During his years of study with Joyce, Keane was taught many things about the depiction of ships, and the sea that remain valuable to this day. While studying with Mr. Joyce, Keane was concurrently studying portrait and figure painting with a New York portrait artist who was well grounded in classical oil painting and his influence enabled Keane to create atmosphere and mood in his luminist compositions.

Keane approaches his art on a highly technical level, coupled with artistic ideals. His technical and engineering skills, coupled with his extensive fine arts background, make him uniquely qualified as a fine marine artist in the American tradition. Keene has won numerous awards and honors for his paintings, including the R.J. Schaefer Award of excellence at the Mystic Seaport International Juried Show. Collectors often wait one to two years for one of Keane’s paintings and his work hangs in numerous corporate headquarters, as well as in private collections worldwide. His work has been featured in Yachting Magazine, Motor Boating & Sailing, U.S. Art, Sea Classics, and Cape Cod Life Magazine, as well as numerous other publications. 

To Keane, a painting should be special and elegant. "Each painting you do should reflect the best that you can do. Art should elevate life, should lift it, and let you see it in a special way that you've never seen before."

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