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”.
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 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, as a mother of two herself, art was encouraged and nurtured in her children … remnants of paint and glitter were embedded in the wood grain of the kitchen table and framed artwork was proudly displayed on the walls.
Kimberly has experience in acrylics, pastels, encaustic wax, and other traditional media; however, her true love is for the contemporary use of alcohol ink which she began working with in 2016. 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 the common thread in this series.
In 2017, Kimberly retired from a 30-year career in the insurance industry and now works full time in her home studio teaching art online and in classroom-based workshops. Kimberly’s work has been exhibited in galleries in North Carolina and Virginia, including solo shows and juried exhibitions, and has also 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. It’s always exciting to watch each piece evolve and come to life.”