Kim Douglas Wiggins2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Kim Wiggins grew up on a ranch in southern New Mexico. At age 12, an art dealer visiting his father's ranch discovered his budding talent and soon began marketing his. By the time Wiggins was 14, he was painting in oil and working nights and weekends as a graphic artist for a national equine magazine. He was encouraged to pursue his unique style through guidance from regional masters such as Henriette Wyeth, Alexandre Hogue, and William Lumpkins. Wiggins has exhibited at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Denver Art Museum, Museum of New Mexico, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Art Institute of Chicago. His art is included in museum and private collections. He is represented by Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
What artist inspires you? Why?
Actually I look to the children for inspiration. I am amazed at their freedom, sense of color, lack of inhibitions, and purity of creation. I teach a workshop for children once or twice a year in our home town. In their work I see an amazing sense of joy and wonder about the world we live in. One of my heart felt desires is to retain at least a portion of this in my own work.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
I paint landscape, still life, symbolic images, religious, Western historical, and even cityscapes ... so my ideas come from many sources. Recently one of my children gave me a multi-colored marble. I held it up to the light, and I used it as inspiration for the color pallet on a major landscape painting.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
The Alamo. I had two uncles who died at the Battle of the Alamo. Just thinking about their sacrifice is incredibly inspiring. I have done two major historical paintings of different aspects of the siege, and I hope to do another one.