ABOUT KIM CONWAY WILSON
Painter, sculptor, writer, artist and designer, book designer, and owner of a double BFA in Art and Theater and Double MFA in Theater Design and Costuming. Kim has been an Art Director and Designer in the Environmental Design field (educational graphics, signage, ride design, thematic design) for over 25 years. This year, prompted by the boss’ retirement, her long-lived design consultation company closed. With that, Kim decided to strike out on a new career. She has gone back to her roots to pick up her illustration hat.
With the luck of being at the right place with the right pair of eyes observing, she captured a children’s book publishing gig (Little Lamb Finds Christmas by Cathy Gilmore, published by Liguouri Press). She’s taking steps and asking questions to be able to gather more projects in the field.
Kim resides in Dittmer, MO where her other ‘hats’ include running an equine rehab farm and developing new programs and projects in her art studio, Dittmer ArtBarn.
“I have always drawn, painted, sculpted and created stories. Examples of my early work are still visible, much to my mother’s chagrin, in the trim in the walls in my childhood house. I carved animals out of Dove soap bars, produced piles of portraits on rocks and in clay. In the fields I crafted forts and secret spaces with regard to the quality of the light and the softness of the green grass and the smoothness of the hand-pulled saw grasses when laid side by side. So even from childhood, I have been attracted to use things at hand, to make contrasts and compliment with natural materials, red of clay the black of asphalt, the smoothness of water-worn stones.
I have always been attracted to environmental manipulations and multiples of form. Large art that encompasses alters or compliments a space, allowing it to create its own story. I like to use exploration and discovery. Does it make you want to move your feet, to run over rolling hills, or does it make you want to touch, or explore with your sense of hearing?”