ABOUT

Keita Colton has lived as an artist in the Connecticut River Upper Valley for over 30 years. After majoring in fine art at Pratt Institute in NYC, she worked as an illustrator for the next ten years in New York and Los Angeles, while continuing her studies at the School of Visual Arts and later at The Art Student's League, where she studied with such masters as David Leffel, Daniel Green, and Nelson Shenks.

Her paintings have been shown in galleries throughout New England, and are in private collections from Maine to Hawaii. Twelve consecutive annual shows of her work were set up to benefit environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club.

In the late 90s, while entirely renovating an historic stagecoach inn, in Haverhill, NH (which she later opened as a B&B and gallery) Keita was commissioned to paint extensive murals for CHaD, the pediatric unit at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. These murals took a few years and were painted in oil on rolls of canvas, and then installed. The subject matter was New England farm theme and landscape. All are still loved by nurses, children, and their families alike.

Leaving the Gallery and B&B to pursue her vision of paradise, she acquired a half mile of completely private frontage on the Vermont side of the Connecticut River for which she designed and built her present 47' round home. This unique structure incorporates Full Circle Studio with its accompanying gallery and artist’s retreat featuring its own wraparound river.