Kim feels most at peace exploring the land around us. Her connection with nature comes from a love for the outdoors and has become her main source of inspiration.
About The Work:
Being surrounded by the buzz of city life makes me seek out calm and stillness through painting. Using a mix of watercolor paint, India ink and paint markers, each painting is inspired by an element of nature. I create things I’d want to see in my own home; things that bring a sense of peace or wonder.
Each painting is numbered according to the order in which they were created, and also represents the number of paintings I completed in my life at that time. It wasn’t until the age of 37 that I taught myself how to paint, and I’m learning every day as I go. I’ve been making art since a young age — mostly jewelry, ceramics and drawings — but painting was the only medium I was always afraid of until now. Something happened to me in my 30s where I just stopped worrying so much. I chose to paint to get over my fear, and had no idea at the time how much it would become a part of me.
Kim Knoll lives and works in Chicago, not far from Half Acre Brewery. Her days are spent working alongside her husband at Knoed, their two-person graphic design studio. Kim’s minimal and modern aesthetic with graphic design translates over to her paintings, where ideas are simplified and stripped down to basic forms.
Kim grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communications. After graduation, she moved to Tempe, AZ for a few years and eventually made her way back to Chicago for the love of her life. Kim lives in a small condo near the Chicago River with her husband, Kyle, and their rat terrier mix, June.
See Kim’s most recent paintings and adventures on Instagram.