John Keeling Paintings

John Keeling Paintings

5.0 (11)
4 hires on
1 employee
9 years in business

About this pro

I'm a professional watercolor illustrator who enjoys sharing my joy of painting with others.  My teaching experience has included students at all skill levels and at any age... they literally range from 9-90!  In addition to my custom pet portrait business, I license my work through MHS Licensing.  My images can be found on a variety of products in the marketplace, including greeting cards, calendars, fabric and home decor.  Member and Treasurer of the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

I love painting with watercolor.  Its elusive nature is both a challenge and a delight for me. So many people say they fear the medium, including fellow artists, but I love to help them get over that fear and learn how to dance with it.  

Getting to paint a beloved pet for someone is a privilege, and I never grow tired of it. I love capturing the essence of each subject.


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Kansas City, MO 64110
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11 Reviews


  • Mallory Paddock

    So much FUN! I love John’s personality! He’s positive & gives terrific feedback!

  • Kathy Dobbelaere

    It is such a privilege to get to see Johns work and listen to his advice. He is very kind and patient. I have no experience at all and he makes me feel like I have potential and encourages me. I am so happy to have found John.

  • Lynne Bratcher

    John is patient and very helpful. He is a great artist. I am learning a lot about watercolor painting from him.

  • Lynne Bratcher

    He is a brilliant artist and he is kind and patient with me. I am learning so much.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I first listen and ask questions about what each student wants and then tailor the instruction to ensure I meet those expectations.  A 9-year-old just learning to develop his drawing and observation skills is quite different than an accomplished adult artist who wants to improve her work in specific ways.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

BFA-Design from the University of Kansas.  Visual Communications, combined track of Graphic Design and Illustration

Career as art director and creative director with Hallmark Cards

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Standard rate is $100/hr.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching by assisting my friend and mentor, Gail Flores, with her Watercolor Floral workshops.  

What types of students have you worked with?

My students have ranged from 9-90!  And every skill level, from true beginners to highly accomplished painters.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Don't settle... keep looking until you find someone you are comfortable with and who inspires you.  Learning a new skill or improving one should be a joy.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

A student should think about what they are passionate about learning. Is it basic drawing/observation skills?  Is it exploring the exciting world of watercolor?  They should be honest about where they are now (skill level) and hopeful about where they hope to go.

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