Keith Monroe Blanton, one of Indiana’s finest "Realist” oil painters, was born in 1951 to a farming family whose roots can be found in their 1832 homestead farm located on the northeast side of Indianapolis. My earliest memories are of the beautiful people and images associated with the family farms. Beginning with the ability to hold a pencil, I have always painted and sketched the beauty that God has placed around me. It is where I find my peace and my calling. Like most people, my interests over the years have been divided. I received my education in Engineering from Purdue University. The skills that I possess in Art are gifts from God. I have had no formal educational training in Art. My early and middle adult years were spent on the pursuit of an engineering career in the design and construction supervision of roads and bridges throughout Indiana. But, my love has always been in the art of oil painting. To capture on canvas the moment in time, the sparkle in the eye, and yes the very spirit and soul of the person, object, or scene that I am painting.
I have always loved the work and passion found in the paintings of the old masters. My years of work as an engineer has aided in the further development of an eye for finite details and an absolute desire to create an heirloom that will be loved and will be cherished for generations.
The paintings of Keith Blanton have been on display at Mayor Ballard’s office, the Mayor of Indianapolis and have been at galleries in Indianapolis, Zionsville, South Bend, Goshen, and Plymouth all in Indiana. Keith has also received awards at shows throughout Indiana; the following are a list of a few:
The Indiana State Fair: several honors have been received, ranging from “Third Place” to “Honorable Mention”
DeFries: In the Garden Art Show in 2010 receiving the following two awards:
“Best of Show” and “Honorable Mention”
Northern Indiana Artist Association – 2012 Spencer Gallery Show, receiving the “Judges Award”
Heartland Regional Art Exhibition, 2009, receiving the “Popular Choice” award