Retired forest service landscape architect Kimber Jones dreamt of painting yet never had the courage to make that first brush stroke. The day the government shut down in October 2013 a friend encouraged her to join a painting class taught by prominent artist Kathy Taylor. Using that time of unemployment and uncertainty as a sign of a life change, she made her first brush stroke and learned that painting fulfilled her life purpose and gave her a voice. Painting has saved her life in the darkest of times.
Known in Phoenix as an abstract expressionist, Kimber creates spontaneously with acrylic, as freely as a child. Many artists know exactly where they are headed when they begin; she allows it to take on a life of its own. She paints with her hands while dancing, channeling the music and becoming one with the canvas, in total harmony. To add more meaning to her work, she titles paintings using powerful statements spoken by her wise psychiatrist to pay it forward.
Kimber’s first solo show in February 2022, titled “Paint Your Way Out”, celebrated her mental illness recovery. She was honored with the inclusion of four paintings in a nationwide group juried exhibition in the United States Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington D.C. for over one year. Her 2022 successfully concluded with twenty paintings exhibited in numerous local group shows. Kimber serves on the board of the Arizona Artists Guild.
Emphasis, pattern, rhythm, and balance are all concepts shared by painting, music, and dancing. While I paint I do them all. I paint because it feeds my soul and brings me joy! My way of painting is playful and meandering. All worries vanish from my mind, my heart sings, and I am in the moment! My mission is to inspire viewers to pursue their passion and spread joy.
My unique approach to painting has led to a body of work that is both diverse in subject matter and style and emotionally powerful. In my favorite series, “Inspired by a Masterpiece”, I pay tribute to twentieth-century masters. I select a realistic masterpiece that I admire in the composition and colors and do an abstract version. Regardless of the series I allow the present moment to guide me through the artistic process.
My medium of choice is acrylic due to its quick-drying tendencies, which lends itself well to my style of fast-action painting. My work is composed of powerful colors, palm and finger swipes, and drips, which are built upon through layers until they eventually reveal a relationship to one another and create a strong illusion of depth, drawing into my artistic mind.
I have no grand illusions that art will create a revolution in the traditional sense but have witnessed the powerful changes it can make in an individual. Just one new idea can change a person’s perception. The world may not change in an instant by art, but its slow and insipid spread into the active part of our brains' lives to tell the tale.