“I passionately believe art magically impacts the human spirit and connects with people through its relativity to the human condition, compassion, pure connection, deep-rooted values, goodwill and collective hope. Painting is an extension of my first love: writing. Bold colors, complex texture and integrated nature are raw emotions come to life on a canvas, with hope of sparking the same in others. ” ~ KD
Kimberlie Dykeman is a developing artist who recently returned to her hometown of Rhinebeck, NY, after 20+ years spent in major cities across the country. Growing up in the beautiful Hudson Valley, she learned to appreciate what her family’s acreage provided- natural environments, harvests of the earth, fresh air, century-old barn architecture, and a seemingly limitless playscape of discovery.
From adorning her nightstand with sun-dried dandelions to sprawling grapevine across a bathroom ceiling, KD has always experimented with bringing the outdoors- indoors. Encouragement by a high school teacher sparked years of self-instruction and spontaneity. Her motto: if there’s space in the place, throw down a tarp and paint.
Kimberlie began evolving her now signature “rifting” technique in 2010, which marries her inspirations with the appreciation that, for many, art becomes more alive when you can actually touch it. Her evolution from oil canvas to large vintage doors emulates her growing vision of life as a series of choices that are openings to newfound perspective, unwavering optimism and dynamic purpose.
After years of roller coaster health issues, in 2013 KD was diagnosed with mercury poisoning and an immune deficiency called MTHFR –both of which derailed many of her entrepreneurial pursuits. And yet, this creative outlet has served as a true wellness tool and saving grace to staying focused on the blessings in her life.
When not making a mess in her makeshift studio, Kimberlie is a Performance Coach & Wingman for Businessmen, speaker, published author, and seasoned entrepreneur with a growing motivational product line.
Milne Antiques, Kingston, NY
Gallery40 Poughkeepsie, NY
Bethel Woods (“Doors to Originality” Installation/Ode to Peter Max Bethel, NY
Hey-Day Great Barrington, MA
Dovetail Global Austin, TX
Bonobos Austin, TX