About The Artist
Kim Nelson is an award winning writer and lifelong artist whose books have been endorsed by Rosie O’Donnell, Maria Shriver, Tipper Gore and others. Her written work includes “A Desert Gardener’s Companion” and “Southwest Kitchen Garden” published by Rio Nuevo Press, “Mommy I’m Still In Here” published by Behler Publications and “Woman’s Evolution”, a poetry collection, published by Finishing Line Press.
A former columnist for Sunset Magazine, Nelson has long commingled writing, painting, gardening and design as forms of creative expression. In 2012, planning to illustrate her next book, Nelson focused on painting and has never looked back. She now creates fine art and home decor in her Costa Mesa, California studio.
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.
Please contact me if you have questions about my process or paintings, representation or commissions.