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About Me

Photo Credit - Lauren Oliver Photography

Kim's love for art grew from a seed planted by a beloved art teacher in a sun filled art room at her elementary school. That teacher submitted one of Kim's drawings to an art competition in Japan which resulted in a first place award at the age of seven. "I've never really cared about winning competitions since then but I loved how excited my teacher was and her belief in me just got me going. I wish every kid got that kind of attention and encouragement."  At a young age, she moved with her family to Montana and often relied on this love of art to ground her in her environment.  "I can't remember a time that I didn't spend part of my day thinking of, dreaming about or making some type of art that could help me connect to other people around me." Kim now draws a great deal of inspiration from the beauty of the Northwest. She primarily works in the mediums of acrylic, pastel, charcoal and pencil on birch wood panels. As a happy wife and mother of three, her work often is influenced by the dynamics of relationship as well as a sense of place and connection. "Whether its a rocky landscape or an interesting face in a crowd, I paint scenes that reflect the relationship and connection to others, ideas, places and things we all hold dear. After all, relationship is where we find all the meaning in our lives and it is that connection that keeps us in harmony with each other." 

Anderson's interest in art expression mainly is focused on abstract and contemporary work.  She is a visual artist who was raised in Montana and currently lives in Gig Harbor, WA. Kim studied under Maryann Bonjorni at the University of Montana and although she regretfully majored in and received a degree in something else, her love for art remained a constant priority.

Process and Materials

"I adore mess.  I thrive in it.  I've always been the kid with stuff all over the floor and pinned to the walls.  My mind loves a bit of clutter in my creative space.  Good for creativity but not always great for the other people in my life!  So, in order to save them from my lack of traditional organizational convention, I have a space that is all my own and it allows me to throw ideas around...literally.  I believe this comes through in my art.  I hate to limit my subject matter as much as I hate to limit my materials and methods.  The one constant is my love of working on wood panels.  The surface allows for acrylic, pencil, pastel, and variety of varnishes and oil sticks...so many great things! Birch wood panels allow for me to use strong smooth paint strokes like seen in my mountain ranges but the panels can also support more textural mixed media as you can see in some of my abstract pieces.  

The discovery of my main "canvas" has lead to another other staple in my work that I use often (but not always)...hand pressed image transfer.  All the images I use are from my own photography and I manipulate the images in a way that allows me to transfer them onto a wood panel and apply paint and/or other materials over top, around and even underneath to add layers on texture and interest.  The process involves some planning and time but mostly, it allows me to highlight an idea by collaging layers of related colors, imagery, or even words that come together in a celebration of the subject matter.  I hope you enjoy looking over my work. Contact me if you have any questions or if you are interested in learning about possible commissions."

Create your happy! 

Past & Current Exhibitions

  • Featured Artist – Heritage Distilling Co. Roslyn, WA and Waterfront location in Gig Harbor, WA
  • Sea Hags - Gig Harbor, WA 
  • MarKee - Gig Harbor, WA
  • SeaFaces Portrait Show – Gig Harbor History Museum 2016
  • Spirits of the Harbor – Heritage Distilling Co. Permanent Installation
  • AN/T Gallery Seattle – 2014
  • Peninsula Art League Annual Art Show – Harbor History Museum 2014
  • House Gallery Missoula, MT   Featured Solo Artist May 2012, May 2011, June 2009, December 2009
  • Miss Zula’s Featured Solo Artist – Missoula, MT November 2002, February 2003, June 2003, July 2003, March 2004, August 2004, Dec. 2004, August 2005 and July & August 2006, Winter 2007
  • Sutton West Gallery - May 2004 “Pet Pictures” – Missoula, MT
  • Catalyst Featured Solo Artist- Spring 2007, Spring 2009 –Missoula, MT
  • Gaia’s Galleria Helena, MT Featured Artist for 2006-2008
  • Majestic Madness Gallery – Missoula, MT Featured Artist for 2005- 2010 
  • Faces of Youth Homes Public Awareness Campaign

Public Display at Catalyst (2007), Missoula, MT

Other Accomplishments

  • Public Mural for the United Way of Missoula County
  • 1st Place Poster Contest Winner -27th International Wildlife Film Festival 
  • Mayor John Engen’s Campaign Headquarters Featured Artist 
  • Governor Steve Bullock’s Campaign Headquarters Featured Artist 
  • Peninsula Hands on Art, Board Member and President

Find current work on by following Kim Anderson Art on Instagram and Facebook

 

 

 


Testimonials

"Kim Anderson's art is captivating! From her subtle landscapes expressing the essence of our beautiful town, to the whimsical portraits of local legends, her work is nothing but spectacular. Thank you Kim for sharing your gift with us!"  - Marla Morgan, Executive Director of Peninsula Hands on Art - Gig Harbor, WA

"Kim Anderson has a true artist’s eye. I love her work and have enjoyed watching her style evolve over the decades." - Erin Pelger, Client - Missoula MT

"Her art pieces are simply amazing. Every detail is defined. The layers of time and love she puts into her work don’t go unnoticed."   - Shelby Young, Buyer and Commission Client - Gig Harbor, WA 

“Kim is really easy to work with.  Professional, collaborator, and above all else, an amazing artist.  I love her art and her ability to understand what we were looking for.”              - Margaret Sonnen, Buyer and Commission Client - Gig Harbor, WA

Photo Credit - Lauren Oliver Photography

"I love Kim's style and how she sees our hometown.  My favorite color is red so she drew the net shed at Skansie Park for me.  It makes me smile every time I see it!"  -Leila Donley, Client - Gig Harbor, WA

"Kim Anderson is not only a gifted and accomplished artist but also spends countless hours volunteering her time and talent toward bettering our community."   -Erin Babich, SeaFaces Art Show participant - Gig Harbor, WA

Photo Credit - Lauren Oliver Photography

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