Keith Mueller started drawing and painting as a child, beginning his first private lessons at age eleven. From early on, he found the human face and figure the most interesting, challenging, and expressive subject matter. He continued painting throughout high school, and went on to study art at Arizona State University and Taylor University (Indiana), completing his BA at the University at Albany (New York).
Mr. Mueller began painting portraits professionally in 1973. Since then his work has been exhibited in art galleries across the United States and has received numerous awards. His drawings and paintings are in many private and public collections, including the Billy Graham Center Museum, the Boy Scouts of America, and the United States Congress.
The nude has been a favorite subject since before his college days, and the artist is concentrating on an extensive body of work in this genre. Some of his recent work is presented here, available as prints and cards. Prices of the original drawings and paintings are available upon request.
A natural outcome has been nude portraiture increasing in recent years to occupy a greater percentage of his work. Most nude portraits are commissioned by men of their wives and girlfriends, but men and women also commission nude portraits for themselves and as surprise gifts for their spouses on their anniversaries and birthdays. Couples often commission nude portraits of themselves, and parents are delighted with nude portraits of their children.
Mr. Mueller teaches drawing and painting classes in his studio and in public and private schools, and he teaches private lessons in individual students' homes. He also teaches Life Drawing classes for naturist groups, on naturist cruises, and at naturist resorts: Draw the Nude Nude.