Kimberly Deene is a self-taught mixed media artist residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her creations are inspired by her favorite music, the beautiful outdoors, and her self-proclaimed “inner hippie”.
From a lineage of “southern mamas”, Kimberly grew up in Eastern North Carolina surrounded by creativity. She wore beautifully hand-crafted dresses as a child, lovingly sewn by her Mama, and lived in a home adorned with colorful, handmade curtains, pillows and bedding. As a young girl, she was awestruck as she witnessed her mother tear fabric off an old sofa and completely transform it into something beautiful and fresh. Arts and crafts were a way of life and something that felt very natural.
Kimberly went on to have a successful thirty-year career in the insurance industry which provided a solid foundation for raising her two wonderful children. Again, art found its way into the home where the dining table (which was primarily used for coloring, painting, and science projects) had glitter and glue embedded into the wood grain.
Recently, after taking an early retirement from insurance, she returned to her passion of art and now works full time in her home studio and teaches online and classroom-based workshops. Kimberly has experience in acrylics, pastels, encaustic wax and other traditional media; however, her true love is for the contemporary use of alcohol ink. Her current series of abstract blooms showcases the vibrancy and organic flow of this medium. The centers of her flowers carefully capture the light and have a three dimensional aspect which is the common thread in this series. Kimberly’s work has been exhibited in galleries in North Carolina and Virginia, including solo shows and juried exhibitions, and has been published online.
“Like nature’s art, every alcohol ink design has a unique life of its own. I pour the inks onto paper and allow them to flow and mingle organically as they’re manipulated with air, gravity, or an occasional brush or instrument. I love watching each creation come to life and it brings me happiness to share my art, which is a piece of myself, with others.”