About the Artist

Kim Lordier

Kim Lordier - Biography
Native to the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA, Kim Lordier combines keen observation and sensitivity to her award winning landscapes. After college, she flew with a major air carrier, turning to painting full time after the events of September 2001. In 2002 she was introduced to the art of the Early California Impressionists at the Oakland Museum, and was exposed to plein air painting as a creative means. Currently Lordier’s paintings are in private collections throughout the country, and have been exhibited at the Autry Museum, Coors Western Art Show in Denver, National Arts Club NY, Haggin Museum, Forbes Galleries, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Irvine Museum and the Laguna Art Museum.

Her work has been showcased on the cover of Southwest Art, and The Pastel Journal, as well as featured in Art of the West, PleinAir Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist and The Artist Magazine. Lordier's paintings have been published in: California Light- A Century of Landscapes by Jean Stern and Molly Siple, Art Journey America- Landscapes by North Light Publishing, and the award winning Art of the National Parks- Historic Connections Contemporary Interpretations published by Fresco Fine Art Publications. Acknowledged by jurors and her peers, Kim has received recognition for her landscapes at major plein air events, international magazine competitions, national pastel society shows and museum exhibitions. Most recently, Lordier received the Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence at the California Art Club’s 103rd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.

To me, the ability to portray the convincing effect of true natural light is the noblest calling of a landscape painter.  Kim has earned my respect.”  –Jean Stern, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum

Kim is a Signature Member of the California Art Club, the Pastel Society of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and a Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of the West Coast. A coveted workshop instructor, Kim leads workshops across the country. Most recently demonstrating at the First and Second Annual Plein Air  Convention, sponsored by PleinAir Magazine.


Selected Exhibitions and Honors:

2014 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver CO
2014 The Autry National Center, 103rd California Art Club's Gold Medal Exhibition
Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence
2014 Paso Art Fest, Paso Robles CA, Signature Exhibition
Award of Excellence
2013 Pintores Pastelistas Espanoles International Salon Show,  Oviedo, Spain
2013 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver Co
2013 USC Fischer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, 102nd California Art Club's Gold Medal Exhibition
2013 2nd Annual Plein Air Convention, Monterey CA
2013 Catalina Island Conservancy, Wild Side Art Show and Sale, Catalina CA
2012 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver CO
2012 1st Annual Plein Air Convention, Red Rocks Las Vegas NV
2012 The Autry National Center, 101st California Art Club's Gold Medal Exhibition
2012 The Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA, Point of View: Landscapes Interpreted
2011 Pasadena Museum of California Art, California Art Club's Gold Medal Exhibition
2011 Haggin Museum, PASTELS USA 
Wakeham/Sutherland Award
2010 Pasadena Museum of California Art, 100th California Art Club's Gold Medal Exhibition
2010 Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco CA
2009 Triton Museum, PSWC's PASTELS USA,  
Wakeham/Sutherland Award
2009 Pasadena Museum, CAC Gold Medal Show
2009 Carmel Art Festival, 
Mayors Choice Award and Honorable Mention
2009 Rieser Fine Art,  Carmel CA One Man Show
2008 Pasadena Museum, 99th California Art Club's Gold Medal Exhibition
2008 Haggin Museum, PASTELS USA
2008 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Plein Air Invitational
2008 Knowlton Gallery, Yosemite on Canvas
2008 The Pastel Journal
Fifth Place Award Landscape
2007 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Plein Air Invitational
2007 COPIA, Napa Valley, CA, Feast of Fine Art
2007 Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational,  
Alfred Mitchell Award
2007 Sonoma Plein Air
2007 Pastel Society of the West Coast,
PASTELS USA ,  
Best of Show
2007 The Pastel Journal, Pastel 100, 
GRAND PRIZE AWARD
2007 Carmel Art Festival, 
Honorable Mention
2007 Napa Valley Museum, Plein Air Biennial
2007 Laguna Plein Air Painters, Best of Plein Air, 
First Place Award
2007 Forbes Gallery, New York
2006 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Plein Air Invitational
2006 Crystal Cove Alliance  "Crystal Splendor"
           Third Place Award for Crystal Cove Drama which will hang in the Irvine Museum
2006 Sonoma Plein Air
2006 National Arts Club, New York,
          Pastel Society of America 34th Annual Exhibition
2006 American Artist Magazine and Forbes Galleries, Trinchera Ranch Project  
2006 International Association of Pastel Artists 9th Exhibition  
  Second Place Award
2006 Carmel Art Festival  
  Honorable Mention
2006 Pastel Society of the West Coast:  
          "PASTELS USA" 2006, Auburn CA 
2006 Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
            Best of Plein Air
2005 Sonoma Plein Air,  
  Artists Choice Award
2005 Carmel Art Festival,  
Second Place and winner of Quick Draw
2005 Pastel Society of the West Coast "Pastels USA" 
            San Luis Obispo Art Center, California 2005  Daler-Rowney Award
2005 Napa Valley Museum Plein Air Biennial,  
Artists Choice Award
2005 The Pastel Journal "Pastels 100"    
Honorable Mention Landscape
2004 National Arts Club, New York 
           Pastel Society of America's "Pastels Only"
2004 Triton Museum of Art, California 
            Pastel Society of the West Coast "Pastels USA"  
2004 The Pastel Journal "Pastels 100"  
  Third Place Landscape
2004 Carmel Art Festival   
2004 Los Gatos Plein Air Festival   
Best Pastel
2004 The Artists Magazine 21st Annual Art Competition 
Honorable Mention Landscape
2003 Napa Valley Museum Plein Air Biennial  
 
Education
University of San Francisco, BFA Illustration 1989
Academy of Art University, San Francisco BFA Illustration 1989
California Academy of Painters 2002-2003
 
Publications:
California Light- A Century of Landscapes by Jean Stern and Molly Siple
Art Journey America- Landscapes by North Light Publishing, 
Art of the National Parks- Historic Connections Contemporary Interpretations published by Fresco Fine Art Publications
 
Articles:
Art of the West July/August 2014
Fine Art Connoisseur May/June 2013
Southwest Art Magazine June 2011 Cover
Plein Air Magazine  Spring 2011
The Pastel Journal  February 2011 Cover
American Art Collector  June 2010
The Pastel Journal February 2010
American Art Collector Striking Gold- CAC's 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition April 2009
Southwest Art Magazine Let it Snow- Eight Artists Capture the Beauty of Winter Landscapes February 2009
Fine Art Connoisseur Artists to Watch: What they are doing now Dec 2008
The Pastel Journal Framing Solutions by Deborah Secor Dec 2008
Western Art Collector  Yosemite on Canvas October 2008
American Art Collector
Tradition of Excellence April 2008
The Pastel Journal California Gold June 2008
The Pastel Journal Pastels 100 April 2008
The Pastel Journal  Kim Lordier: Working in the Field Illuminates a California Painter's Landscapes  April 2007
American Artist Magazine  When to be Critical, When to Let Go March 2007
Fine Art Connoisseur Artists Making There Mark: Three to Watch NOV/DEC 2006 
The Artists Magazine 20 Under 40 February 2006
Southwest Art Magazine Artists to Watch January 2006
The Pastel Journal, Artist and Mother by Deborah Christensen Secor December 2005
The Pastel Journal, Art Matters by Katherine Mesch October 2005
The Pastel Journal, Pastels 100 April 2005
The Pastel Journal, Pastels 100 April 2004
 
 
Affiliations:
California Art Club- Signature  Member
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association- Signature Member
Pastel Society of the West Coast- Distinguished Pastelist
Pastel Society of America- Signature Member
 
 
 
Kim Lordier - Biography