Kim Carlton is a professional artist, living and working in Texas. She enjoys creating in many media but is most able and inclined to express her vision in oils. Her work covers portraiture and figure, still life and landscapes, quick studies and daily paintings, plein air and studio work.
She tries to keep both mind and heart engaged as she works, feeling that if there is not a balance, a piece will grow tiresome, both to the creator and to the viewer. Her belief is that there must be a logical structure upon which drape sentiment, that neither the mind not the heart can dominate. There must be Truth and Love.
Passionate about art, Kim enjoys working with other artists, believing the synergy of that environment allows exponential growth of the individuals and quantum leaps in their collective experiments. She has studied with David Leffel, Quang Ho, Jeremy Lipking, and has been profoundly, if indirectly, influenced by Richard Schmid. Yet she credits Everett Raymond Kinstler as having the most influence on her art because he was able to help her, in her words, 'Not to paint like himself but to begin doing what Sargent did—absorb what has come before me, influenced by what is going on around me, synthesized and expressed through my unique artistic self. He told me to quit thinking linearly, to start working spatially in planes of color-value. It truly is like learning to express your same thoughts in a new language; it took several years to become fluent.'
Her paintings have been honored in national and international competitions, she has been published in American Artist magazine, and she is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, The Salmagundi Club, American Artists Professional League, Artists' Fellowship, and Outdoor Painters Society.