Paul Kethley is a painter and illustrator of western landscape, horses and riders, wildlife, Native Americans and fly-fishing scenes. His style is realistic and painterly.
From the time he was young, he has shown an interest in art, beginning with WWII drawings of aircraft in dog fight positions which included his own sound effects. He says that: "My basic interest is the historical West, but I have also chosen modern settings which originate from my own personal adventures. I like to depict man interacting with the environment, campfires, cowboys, Native Americans, wildlife and fisherman. I want to get viewers involved in the interaction with the figures, to tell a story but give them the freedom to finish the story."
Kethley opened his own studio in Evergreen, Colorado in 1989, where he worked on commissions, taught lessons and sold art supplies. Now he works out of his studio in his new home in Buena Vista. "My surroundings now provide me with just about every western setting imaginable, from snow covered peaks, to rivers, and even rocky desert terrain."
Since 1993, he has organized and taught various painting workshops in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, and in that year, a local television station featured his work. During the next year, one of his paintings was included in the Top 200 of the Arts for the Parks national poster competition.
Kethley’s work has been featured in ‘Night of Artists’ Western Art Show and Sale at the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio, TX. His paintings have also been included in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale at the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, WY.
Paul Kethley is represented by Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers.