Although as a panda bear, I am perpetually clothed in black and white, bright colors make me smile. That’s why I couldn’t resist Kimberly Kort’s highly saturated sensations.
Painting Past the Pain
Kimberly has been suffering from migraines for more than 20 years. In fact, it was the medium of fluid art that became a cathartic release from the pain. As a self-taught artist, Kimberly creates vibrant pieces inspired by nature — from rainbows to waves to winter trees. Her tag line, “Pour art on your walls,” captures her enthusiasm for these free-flowing acrylic compositions, which range in size from 12”x12” to 30”x48”.
As you know, Frame Destination loves to advocate for and assist artists however we can. Kimberly told us that when her business, KK Art Creations, was still in its infancy, Frame Destination helped steer her in the right direction. “They explained how to wrap and present my paintings along with proper framing for different depths of canvas,” Kimberly says. “I show much more professionally now because of their guidance.”
See More of Kimberly’s Work
On Instagram, Kimberly enjoys sharing her whimsical point of view (look for her January 29 “Bubbles of Happiness” post). Watch her create a commissioned painting in a one-minute video on her Facebook page (July 2, 2020). And of course her KK Art Creations website features more fluid art. Below, my Q&A with Kimberly gives you a glimpse into her thoughts on an artist’s role in society, and why wooden sticks are a big deal in her world.
Now for Artie’s Eight Q&A with Kimberly Kort …
1. What is your background; how did you get started?
I became a fluid artist three years ago. I am a self-taught artist that began the fluid art to calm the migraine pains in my head. The calming and soothing pouring of paint and blending colors together gave me a way to get my pain and chaos in my head under control. I have always had a creative side to my work. I have been in the hospitality industry for over twenty years. I have created events, catered food, and planned parties and always with a color palette and themes in mind to give the event, food or party a beautiful design and flow.
2. What role do you think the artist plays in society?
Artists give the world a certain amount of life and interest for people to express themselves and explore new things constantly. Artists provide a resting place for our eyes, mind, body, and soul. Art take so many different forms and people need that to nurture and create new ideas, and to navigate our world. Without art, people would all be the same and never think and explore outside the box.
3. What has been a formative experience or the best advice you’ve received within your career?
I had an art teacher recently explain to me that I need to let go and let the brush and paint do the talking to me. Let go of structure and let it all flow to express more freely.
4. What ways does your work reflect your personality?
My acrylic fluid art is sometimes bold and bright and expressive just like me and my outgoing personality. Other times the works are very solemn and subdued, which may reflect a certain mood or life experience that has deeply affected me.
5. Creative blocks, do you get them? If so, how do you overcome them?
Occasionally I get a creative block and I go outside to experience nature. The outdoors re-energizes me and gives me pause to look around at what is so beautiful and natural; it gives me inspiration.
6. What is your most indispensable tool? (Not counting the obvious, like paints, brushes, canvas, camera, etc.)
The wooden stick is an indispensable tool for me. It is my tool to mix my acrylic paint. Wooden sticks help me create what I have envisioned in my head. It’s the beginning of a creation to express my emotion or interpretation of my vision for my next abstract piece of art.
7. Do you have a new project you are working on, or a new passionate idea?
I am currently working on a series of “Spring Blooming Flowers” in various colors of fluid acrylics, using a Dutch pour technique.
8. What is your favorite paint color name?
My favorite paint color is Quinacridone Magenta.
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Last Updated March 17, 2021