The Art of Jake Keeler

Oh yeah…Montana

Sunsets and Gnar
Sunsets and Gnar

I spent some time in Montana a little while back.  It was my first time visiting the state, and first time fishing a truly “West” place.  It felt like another planet to me. The impressions it left and the memories that remain sticky have helped me during a time of transition.  I’d like to go back some time.

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Cradle: Midlife

Cradle: Midlife | 2016 | 8" x 8" | Pen and ink on wood panel
Cradle: Midlife | 2016 | 8″ x 8″ | Pen and ink on wood panel

Finally finished a piece. More news to come. Cheers amigos.


Great River Great Beer update



“What brings the Rahr Corporation, Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop, Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), and Fulton Beer together? It’s simple: water. A healthy river is as vital to the success and sustainability of all these organizations as it is to the vast ecosystem that same water supports. It affects you too, whether you’ve got a beer or fly rod in your hand. That’s why we’ve combined forces to bring awareness to the importance of good, clean water, in an attempt to keep this river great for future generations to enjoy. It’s amazing what a pint of beer and a t-shirt can do.”

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Cradle One | 2016 | 8" x 8" | ink and pen on paper

I was messing around with my usual circle motif/composition element, and one way or another, the circle broke up, and suddenly I was working with a half-moon, husk, cradle-type thing.  It stuck. I love it.  I banged out these two pieces rather quickly, and now the “cradle” is showing up in a host of new works.  Always a blast to find something that feels right for the time and mood.

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Simms Necromancer


So, this happened.

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Great River Great Beer

A Summer float down the Mississippi for smallies on Fitz’s drifty.

I spent the bulk of yesterday exploring and fishing the waters of my childhood; The Mississippi River.

The pools and riffles around the Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud area were a bike ride away for me and my brother. We encountered smallies, pike, walleyes, carp, turtles, frogs, crayfish, catfish, and a gazillion different bugs.  I even saw a Muskie come out below the 10th street dam once.

This river is full of life.

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New Works | 5.20.16

Troutz One | 2016 | 11" x 6" | pen and ink on paper
Troutz One | 2016 | 11″ x 6″ | pen and ink on paper

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Happy Cat

Bruno is a happy dude

Kicking off a new body of work means more time in the studio – mostly evenings and a bit of time on the weekends.  Such is the life of an artist making their living doing non-art things.  No matter, Bruno is happy to hang out morning, afternoon, or night.  We’re a couple happy cats.

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The weather is great for trout fishing right now.  That’s swell.  All I can really think about is Bass though; smallmouths & largemouths.  They’re everywhere in MN, and they’re a ton of fun to fish for. I’ve always loved fishing for, and learning about smallmouth, but I’ve always dismissed largemouth; likely a result of the smalljaws superior fighting abilities, and the water they inhabit.  They’re more my style.  But, a bass is a bass right?

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