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Kim Whittemore is an artist in various forms... digital/traditional artist, musician and writer. She just loves to make stuff! She defines herself as a "pixel mixer", but still loves traditional painting too.
She’s always been "drawn" to draw and paint, and studied art in high school and college. She bounced around in various capacities over the years...graphic design, web design, etc, until she settled into professional photography for twelve years. That's what brought her to Photoshop, and she hasn't looked back.
These days she is producing digital art, playing in a band and has several book ideas that need some attention. One could say her life is all about creating.
She’s been married for over twenty six years and has the most awesome life in North Dakota with her husband and dog...and friends and family!
What is your medium and your process?
My medium is photography and Photoshop, and the process is both technical and pure fantasy! The photography for me is basically "pixel collecting" and Photoshop allows me to play with those pixels to create my own reality. What could be more fun than that?
Describe what inspires your artwork.
It varies...sometimes it's a new technique I want to try in Photoshop and a really cool image will start to take shape. Other times it's a memory or emotion, or many times it's a societal statement I need to make. I meditate a lot, and so many great ideas stream in from that universal source. I love looking at other artists’ works too, and honestly, what I love in other images comes out in some form in my own art.
What sets your artwork apart from others? What makes it special?
My images seem to transport people into a mental space that they don't visit regularly. A physical reaction is usually a smile, or the "deer in the headlight" look happens once in a while. The concepts have to make a certain amount of "sense," even while being surreal. I love to take people on an emotional journey, and I don't mean trashy drama. I love quirky, I love whimsy, and I also love dark and broody. You might get all three concepts in one image!
How would you describe your studio?
My studio is an extra bedroom/turned studio in our basement. It's pretty small and I have lots crammed into that small space. With some pretty impressive organizing skills (yes, I'm bragging) I have made it pretty darn comfortable. I still dabble in traditional art, so it's a combination of digital/scanner/printer stuff and paints/pencils/encaustics/and other "stuff" I find. I have various types of lighting to suit my mood or visual needs, and even a Lava Lamp.
Do you listen to music while working on your art, and if so, what type?
I'm also a musician, so music is always playing in my life. Some days I'm into Alternative rock, other days it's an Americana mix, and still other times, it might be Tibetan Chimes. It really varies. One type of music you won't hear me playing would be opera...or Japanese Techno.
What other interests, besides your artwork, do you have?
I am an active musician with over thirty five years experience in bands with electric, acoustic and steel guitar, keyboards and vocals. I am currently playing bass guitar. I'm also a Law of Attraction Life Coach. I'm inactive as far as Life Coaching goes, but definitely active in my own spiritual awakening. I have a couple of book ideas that I'd love to work on at some point.
When and why did you decide to become an artist? Why is this so important to you?
Through my spiritual awakening, I've discovered that creating art in various ways is my life purpose. So I really didn't choose, it's just a part of me. I've known this since I was very young, but only recently became confident in my steps forward. I guess I feel like I have something to say, something to communicate to others, and art can be that gentle nudge into a new awakening, or that tree-branch-to-the-face surprise realization. I have so much to say, and my conceptualization's are how I am choosing to say it.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
2014 Featured photographer/imager in the February 2014 issue of Photoshop User Magazine
2011 Earned status as a Certified Professional Photographer with the PPA.
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