Kim Douglas Wiggins2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Kim Wiggins grew up on a ranch in southern New Mexico. At age twelve, an art dealer visiting his father's ranch discovered his budding talent and soon began marketing his work in Scottsdale, Arizona. By the time he was fourteen he was painting in oil and working nights and weekends as a graphic artist for a national equine magazine. Although primarily self-taught, 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 with The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Anschutz Collection, the Autry National Center, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, and the Staples Center. His work is represented by Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Giclee reproductions of his work are available through Greenwich Workshop dealers.
What artist inspires you? Why?
Actually I look to the children for inspiration. I'm 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've done two major historical paintings of different aspects of the siege and hope to do another one.