image by Fritz Rodriguez

image by Fritz Rodriguez

 

Kimberly Trowbridge was born in Everett, WA. She is a current Creative Fellow at Bloedel Reserve and will open her first solo museum exhibition in Fall of 2020 at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. She is a two-time Neddy Award Finalist (2014, 2016), and an Artist Trust GAP Grant recipient (2014). She received her MFA from the University of Washington in 2006. She is the Director of the Trowbridge Atelier of Painting, at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. She is a plein-air painter, a figure painter, an installation artist, a performer, and a lecturer on color theory. She leads plein-air painting tours in Spain, Portugal, and Twisp, WA

 

Over the past several years, I have developed a practice of traveling and oil painting directly from nature. On the field is where I cultivate a deep and sensitive awareness of color interaction. I consider these plein-air works my “primary documents,” and I use them them as references to inform my larger, narrative paintings.

For me, the canvas is a theater that makes visible the deep underpinnings of consciousness. I use stage-like, pastoral settings to create visual allegories of human consciousness and our physical and spiritual connection to the natural world.  Painting itself is an Arcadian practice: the palimpsest of marks both concealing and revealing our movement through time.