Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Out of the mountains of Tennesee and onto the Beaches of the Atlantic coast... meet Kimberly Dawn. Kimberly is a self-taught visionary folk artist who is lucky enough to have been doing what she loves for the last eleven years. Kimberly lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her three greatest works, her children, Leslie, David and Noah.
Kimberly's preferred mediums are acrylics, oils, airbrush and rattlecans. Her preferred canvases are strictly limited to whatever she can get her hands on. One man's trash is Kimberly's artistic treasure. Windows, doors, hubcaps, skateboards and furniture all have a story worth telling through her brush. Kim has also painted some crazier things like a VW Beetle, a Jeep, a motorcycle, a few boats and a boat dock to name a few personal favorites.
Influences and inspirations have never been hard to come by for Kimberly. Her greatest influence... her grandfather, furniture designer Stapleton Long. Her greatest inspiration... life. Kimberly's work is a painted diary of emotions, feelings and dreams. Her river of inspiration will never run dry.
Kimberly's list of accomplishments is long and colorful. She has illustarted six children's books and one cookbook which can all be found at major retailers worldwide. She has worked with ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and countless hotels, restaurants, churches and private collectors. Her work can be seen locally at House of Blues, Collector's Cafe, Random, Got the Goods, Needful Thing, Columbia Mall, South Island Steak House and the Sand Seas Hotel. Private Collectors include recording artists B.B. King, Scott Weiland, Amy Grant and Nicole C. Mullen, NASCAR's Ricky Rudd, the Moon Pie company and many others.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
When Extreme Home Makeover came to town I was sooooo blessed to be asked to create a piece of original art for the families new home. My friend Kelly and I froze our you-know-what's off, but it was an unforgettable experience. Everyone on the team was so amazing, talented and truly passionate about the work they were doing. Enjoy the pics! Love, Kim