Western NC artist Lee Haigler Keller has always had a strong connection and love for animals. Her interest in art began with a love of drawing and painting as a young child. In the early 90’s she studied Fine Art at the community college level then Fine Art and Graphic Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She had a fear of being a ‘starving artist’ and changed directions. She spent 17 years working in Occupational Therapy with special needs children before pursuing her dream of being a painter. In 2015 she set out with a 5 year plan of combining her love of art, animals and nature into her dream job. She achieved that dream, quit her ‘real job’ and formed Hippie Hound Studios in less than a year! She has done hundreds of commissioned dog portraits which are collected worldwide. She has just began showing her art in galleries. Lee also helps various animal rescue organizations though donations of her art. She enjoys spending her spare time between the mountains and coasts of the Carolinas with her family and ‘pack’ of rescue dogs.

Lee states, “The goal of my art is to brighten a room, bring some smiles and honor the beauty, innocence, and best of all, humor in all of God’s creations”.

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