Kimberly Yourick received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, with a major in Metalsmithing. Kim is primarily a contemporary landscape oil painter, who works in plein air. She has exhibited in many local, national, and international exhibitions. As an instructor, she intends to encourage creativity and the joy of art through painting or other forms of expression. She has been trained in many different mediums and subject matter.
Her own landscape work shifts the traditional notion of plein air painting by encouraging color intensity that reaches beyond representational subject matter. Her intent is to engage the viewer’s senses in the highest form of color experience and to present symbolism that is associated with passage, safety, hope, happiness, and expectation that is free from cultural boundaries. Intense color vibration, and use of light becomes the focus of the work so that the viewer experiences the ecstasy, and joyfulness of a beautiful vision, which is much needed respite from daily struggles.
Her belief is that being an artist and creating art, is not limited to mastering technical skill but rather how the art transforms its audience, what story it tells, and what problem is solved. Therefore, artists and creatives live and work around us without identifying as “artists”. Their vision and work are equally as critical to the improvement of our lives. Being uplifted, feeling catharsis, and making connection to spirit is much more important than if the artist can draw or paint something that looks representational. Her hope is to help extract this type of expression from her students.
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