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Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkKeith Berry

When you build homes for a living, the definition of “big” art becomes relative. Keith Berry owns a construction company, but he also creates mixed media pieces that tend to be larger than average.He mostly works with wood carving and etchings in steel or copper.Born in Canada, Berry moved to the United States as a young child when his dad took a new job. Berry returned to Canada to study at the Albert College of Art in Calgary, graduated in 1995, then moved to Summit County.His solo show opens at 7 p.m. today at the Four-Fifths Gallery in Breckenridge.Dreams

I would like to consistently create original art works.Why do it?Much like sports, making art gives me balance in my life. I will make art as long as I feel challenged by the process.What do you convey?

I want viewers to be challenged by my choice of materials and methods I use to discover – through image, color, tone and markmaking – their own experience and emotions as they relate to each individual piece.ChallengeI think most artists would tell you that within their chosen craft, there exists a comfort zone – methods they use that they know the outcome of. My biggest challenge has always been making art that extends beyond those comforts, and I deal with that by making mistakes and realizing that is just a part of my process. If I have to do it five times before I get it right, so be it.Most proud of

I’ve stayed true to what I feel is good art.Staying freshI have certainly struggled with staying motivated in the past, but meeting like-minded people like those at Four-Fifths Gallery – people who are doing creative things within the community – inspires and motivates me.When you’re not doing art?I do what most people do in Summit County – ski, ride, hike, bike and climb.

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