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Kim Nelson
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Artist Statement

I paint women, landscapes, florals and abstracts in a fluid representational style that vacillates between impressionist, expressionist and allusive.

I see beauty in everything and strength in diversity, so I paint to illuminate those things. I find inspiration in the ocean, nature, landscapes and people. My iPhone stores scores of reference photos that enable me to incubate ideas and turn “what is” into “what ifs”.

I have little interest in the photorealistic reproduction of what already exists beautifully in the world. I want my paintings to bring joy or a smile, or elicit a new train of thought and consideration. I want to shift the paradigm and illustrate my subjects from a new perspective. I like to paint in layers, accentuate textures and use a variety of media, knives, brushes, hotel key cards and my fingers.

In addition to the prints you see here, I do commission work and sell original art. Please email me for more information.

kimnelsonart@gmail.com

As a wordsmith, I respect the power of words, the power of every word. I use those necessary to convey meaning, message or thought, neither wasting nor wanting. With a natural inclination toward rhyme and meter, I spend a fair amount of time in wordplay to convey the nuances I intend.

My visual work is layered, both literally and figuratively. I paint in, paint over, add texture and depth with various media and ephemera. I use my fingers to apply and alter material as well as brushes, palette knives, toothpicks and popsicle sticks. I use a variety of textiles to remove and alter what I've put on the canvas. A blowdryer and heat gun often come in handy. I find it easy to keep my writing simple. In creating art, I tend toward abundance, exuberance. I'm working to pare down my approach to create cleaner pieces.

In all that I do, I'm ever-evolving, constantly learning, perpetually growing and changing.