Meet Artist Kimberly Zook
As an artist, I am fascinated by the overlap of science and art. Science is the pursuit of truth through observation and experiment while art is the quest of truth not always visible to the eye. The combination of these truths is what inspires my art. I’m fascinated with the smallest of details in nature and how art allows us to see and appreciate them. This fascination stems from childhood when I encountered William Blake’s book of poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience, and to this day the words from “Auguries of Innocence” shape how I see the world:
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
As I grew older, I began to appreciate Blake’s poem for the deeper meaning, the overlap or dualism of innocence and experience. I write novels and the theme of where two forces meet occurs in most of my writing and art.
My art reflects the details in life through the mosaic technique I often use and the vibrant, lush colors I work with. I find the combination of watercolor, gouache, and ink adds to the richness of my paintings. I hope the viewer will feel there’s more than what the eye first sees when looking at my work.
For many years I painted with oils, and most of my art had a surrealism look. Lately, I’ve been working in watercolor, gouache, and ink to allow the paint and colors to take a more natural style by letting the paint and water bloom and spread in their own way on paper. I like how this method creates a sense of vibrant buoyancy in the art.
Most of my artwork is based on the flora and fauna I encountered while living in the cloud forest of Costa Rica for a few years. During this time I lived alone in a small hut without electricity or indoor plumbing. I had no cell phone or any other means of technology. It was during this time that I had the fortune of experiencing the sixth sense and it is my hope that my art can radiate a touch of what I experienced there.
As I continue to work with watercolor, gouache, and ink, I hope to expand in the mixed media realm while enlarging my mosaic technique to allow colors to come together in a way to enrich the detail of life. I feel blessed if a viewer pauses to look at my work and find a s