Kimberly Deene Langlois 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”.
Growing up in Eastern North Carolina with a “Southern Mama”, Kimberly was 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 watched her mother fearlessly tear fabric off an old sofa and completely transform it into something beautiful and fresh. Art was a way of life and something that felt very natural. Later in life, this creative way of living continued into her own home where the children’s artwork was proudly displayed on the walls and remnants of paint and glitter were embedded in the wood grain of the kitchen table.
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 series of impressionist 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 a common thread in her work.
“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. It’s always exciting to watch each piece evolve and come to life.”
In 2017, Kimberly retired from a 30-year career in the insurance industry and now works full time in her backyard art shed painting and teaching workshops, both online and in person. When she’s not painting or teaching, Kimberly enjoys live music events with her husband and friends, spending time with family, and running behind her toddler grandson. She feels her life journey has now landed her in a place doing exactly what she was always meant to do.
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We are very excited to bring attention to a new artist every month. Each Artist we highlight also teaches their craft in some way so we can all benefit from it. This month we interviewed Kimberly Deene. Let's dive in!
Artist Kim Langlois describes how using alcohol ink is a perfect fit for her fluid style of painting, and how she has embraced teaching others to use this medium.