Meet Ben and Jennifer Keys, the husband-wife team and heart behind Wed on Canvas. As Serendipity would have it, their own love story began with art. Jennifer met Ben after she discovered one of his coastal landscape paintings hanging in an office. The two fell in love and tied the knot in one of downtown Charleston's gorgeous art galleries. Together, they continue sharing their passion for art with couples across the nation.
Ben Keys earned a degree in Marketing at Virginia Tech and worked for a start up during the dot-com bust of 2000 before changing course to pursue his passion of painting. He went back to school to study painting and drawing at the Torpedo Factory, the Art Institute of Chicago and the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. While in Chicago, Keys apprenticed at Tres Jolie Studios creating murals & interiors. In 2005 he moved to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina to begin a series of architectural portraits for Wright Holman Construction Company. Today he lives in Charleston, but keeps his studio in Wilmington.
Keys' approach to painting is grounded in his academic training and professional experiences in the plein air landscape, inspired by the brushwork and interest in light of French Impressionism, but in his own signature, expressive voice. You may have spotted Keys at his easel on outdoors in the southeastern states interpreting the changing moments of light and shadow in paint. Since moving from Chicago, IL to the South, Keys has a growing appreciation for the southern landscape, architecture, the painting-friendly weather.
After several years of making art in the Carolinas, Keys is represented by galleries throughout the country and collected internationally. Features of his artwork include the covers of Encore and Currents Magazine, in Metro Magazine, Exhibit C Magazine, Raleigh News & Observer, Wilmington Magazine, Wrightsville Beach Magazine, Wilma Magazine, Focus on the Coast, Cottage Style Magazine and Garden and Gun.
Jennifer Keys is our Studio Manager here at Wed on Canvas. Her background brings years of experience in the wedding industry, including having worked for couture-bridal designer Modern Trousseau. Jennifer assists each client from the initial commission to the delivery of the finished wedding painting. You will fall in love with her bubbly personality and contagious passion for all-things-wedding!