Breathtaking realism, uncompromising authenticity, attention to the smallest detail... these are the qualities that highlight Kim Norlien's paintings. Her award-winning animal scenes invite viewers to peacefully contemplate wildlife in its natural state. Her captivating pieces capture the joy and simplicity of yesteryear.
Painting primarily in acrylics, Norlien complements his technical details with a deft play of light and shadow. The result is subtle, yet powerful - vibrant, realistic, compelling.
After graduating in 1977 from Minneapolis Community College, Kim spent eight years working as a commercial artist for Honeywell. Cartooning and hand-drawing military scenes did not offer much creative outlet for a young artist. With a growing family, Kim resigned from his position at Honeywell in 1986 to become a freelance illustrator. His creativity and high-quality work attracted the attention of national companies, leading to a variety of commissions that helped hone his artistic skills. This also allowed him to start painting fine art part-time, with his first print "Winter's Glory" being published in 1991. Kim Norlien is an entirely self-taught painter and his full-time art career was launched in 1995 with a publishing contract from Picturesque Wildlife Art. Since then Kim has won numerous awards and published over 70 originals..