Kim Weissenborn is an artist whose paintings captivate the soul with whimsy, charm and often drama. Her watercolors are reminiscent of the fauvist and expressionist artists Raoul Dufy, and Emile Nolde and yet are fully unique and new. It is precisely her fusion of color, wet into wet paint, quick dancing brushstrokes and whimsical story telling, that has produced such a rich, expressive and truly powerful body of work.
Kim comes from a family steeped in the fine arts. Her grandmother and her great aunts were in Vaudeville. One of those great aunts was the first violinist in the Palm Beach Symphony. Her grandfather was the conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, and her mother and sister are writers. Kim, a shy youngster, found solace in pencil-sketching her family at the tender age of 7.
When she turned 16, at her mother’s insistence, Kim started private watercolor lessons in the small New Jersey town where they lived.
“The art course was a revelation,” Kim says. “I loved my teacher. I took lessons for years while attending school. Later at Centenary, a small private college nearby, I majored in art. I was coming out of my shell. I even made the dean’s list.”
Then came New York City. Kim attended Parsons School of Design for three years, graduating with a bachelor’s in fine arts. Having started with a major in fashion illustration, she switched to general illustration. Kim roomed with four other girls in the Village. They had fun times together in the city, but Kim took her courses seriously at Parsons. She experimented and painted with every possible medium but always felt more comfortable with watercolors.
Upon graduating, Kim began illustrating book covers, and children’s books. Kim illustrated a children’s book called PANSY AT THE PALACE, available now on Amazon. Kims love of the face and figure portrayed in her watery flowy style, have inspired many portrait commissions. Due to her training in illustration, Kim likes to infuse whimsy, charm and sometimes even drama into each watercolor painting. Kim Weissenborn's paintings are exhibited in private homes and galleries across North America., South America and Europe.
Currently, Kim resides in Vero Beach Florida where she is an instructor at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Kim also hosts FRENCH ADVENTURES, a moving watercolor workshop where adults travel through France with Kim and record their experiences in paint.