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.