Born in 1936 and brought up in Buckhurst Hill, Keith Snow served a five year apprenticeship as a cartographic draughtsman with Geographia Ltd. in Fleet Street. Despite the austere conditions prevailing then, he managed to buy a 12ft sailing dinghy which he kept at Hullbridge and sailed the Crouch estuary.
Two years national service, serving at the School of Military Survey in Newbury and then Cyprus
were followed by two years freelance draughting. Keith then got married and moved to St. Ives (Hunts) where he spent the next thirteen years sailing a 20ft 'Dauntless' out of Woodbridge and cruising from the Solent to Norfolk. It was during a visit to Cley, Norfolk that he saw in a gallery a painting of the local marshes and thinking that he “would give my eye teeth to be able to paint like that” ....so bought some watercolours and paper and started to dabble.
In 1973, when 'they' were threatening to develop Foulness and build a six lane motorway over his favourite anchorage at Paglesham, he was offered a position with a manufacturer in Auckland and so he sold up and moved there, spending twenty years with that company.
Keith joined both the local sailing club and art group and after a few years started tutoring evening classes for painting at local colleges. Twenty years ago he gave up his day job and painted and tutored full time, with some success as he has now been able to give up evening classes.
Keith's natural talent allows him to paint a range of subjects, but with his draughting skill and knowledge of boats, it is his marine work which particularly excels.