James Keirstead paints in an impressionistic style. He paints landscapes and nostalgic subjects using knives and oils. His recent works as of 2016 are semi-abstract, stylized impressionistic scenes.
According to Collections Canada James Keirstead considers his paintings to be about the joy of nature and color, and he prefers impressionism over magical realism. Abstract, colorful patterns help Keirstead capture his feelings in a bold way. Common subjects include ancient mills, wilderness lakes, gardens, grain elevators and old homesteads. He also paints children and dogs.
James Keirstead is a self-taught artist who reads current art magazines and attends exhibitions to learn and perfect his technique.