Keith Salmon studied Fine Art at Shrewsbury and Falmouth Schools of Art between 1979 and 1983, before setting up a studio in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1989 he was diagnosed as having diabetic retinopathy. His eye-sight began to deteriorate very quickly and within a few years he had to stop exhibiting his sculptural work and instead to try find new ways of painting; using the sight he had left. In 2001 and 2003, Keith completed a mountain skills course for the visually impaired at Aviemore. This has fuelled his passion for walking around the Scottish Highlands, which has now become the main subject matter of his artwork. Although now registered as being blind, it has provided Keith with more determination to continue painting. As a result his work has an abstract and atmospheric quality. He has tried to explore his new and changing view of the world by recording not what he sees but rather how he sees his surroundings. The paintings have become thicker, and more distorted and broken. They are created using layers of acrylic paint and oil pastel. The pastels have a fine scribble quality, giving the image a subtle texture whilst the acrylic is used in bold strokes. In April 2009 Keith was the overall Awards Winner of The Jolomo Scottish Landscape Awards, receiving £20,000 prize money.
"I am unashamedly addicted to walking in the hills, glen and wild places of Scotland. This stunning landscape is the perfect source for my work... I walk the hills regularly throughout the year and it's the wonderful range of colour and atmosphere that I love. I see very little detail and so these paintings are simply the impressions of the places I visit and the ever changing conditions we experience ... Some of the pieces are more obviously paintings of hills and mountains, while others err more toward the abstract, however, I hope all can be enjoyed for their evocative range of subtle colour and marks."