Kimberly Beck

Kimberly Beck is a fine artist working from Chicago and her studio at Tryon Farm
in Michigan City, Indiana.
A native of northern California, Kimberly Beck grew up in a rural community
immersed in the natural world. After earning her undergraduate degree in
English Literature at The University of Michigan, she studied drawing and
illustration at The California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA, and
specialized in drawing birds and animals, working in watercolor and pencil. She
began a career in illustration, creating art for posters, greeting cards, t-shirts and
even umbrellas for The Nature Company and other print companies, selling her
work nationally.
Now, as an oil painter painting in the Alla Prima tradition, her work combines the
foundation of good design, direct observation, and a sensitive palette with a
passion for recording the natural world. She paints regularly from life at the
Palette & Chisel Academy of Art in Chicago, and paints figurative and floral
subjects as well as the birds for which she is best known.
A Signature member of Artists for Conservation, she is a devoted bird-watcher
and her paintings reflect personal experiences she has had interacting with birds
in the field. In January 2018, her work was part of a group exhibition at the
Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana, entitled “Birds & Bees,”
seeking to celebrate and bring awareness to the environmental plight of these
creatures.
Kimberly’s avian-themed paintings have been juried into the prestigious
international “Birds in Art” exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
in Wausau, Wisconsin. Two of her paintings were chosen for the Museum’s
National Tour. Her work has also garnered awards in the Richeson 75
International Competitions, the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters
of America.
She is currently represented by Fine Line Designs in Door County, Wisconsin and
Lake Forest Frame & Design in Lake Forest, Illinois.