Keels Culberson Swinnie is a native of Pawleys Island, South Carolina. She first realized her love of art when she underwent major hip surgery at the age of six and was in a full body cast for nine weeks. With the energy of a six year old and the inability to move, she channeled that energy into artistic endeavors and has been creating art ever since. She draws artistic inspiration from many places, such as the beaches of her hometown and from her extensive travels.
In 2004 she graduated from Converse College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and Art History. Keels furthered her education at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy and then went on to study Studio Art at the College of Charleston. Keels and fellow artist, Adrian Dorman, started Chambre Designs a thriving small business specializing in hand painted furniture and murals. Keels also began Painted Pets by Keels, commissioned pet portraits and is a founding member of Ebb & Flow Art Co-op. Keels serves as a board member of the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art and the Kathy Metts Memorial Art Scholarship comity. You can find her work on display in Ebb & Flow Art Co-op & MISC in Murrells Inlet SC & Pawleys Lifestyles in Pawleys Island SC.
Keels Culberson Swinnie