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, Lordier flew for a major air carrier, experiencing many domestic and foreign locales, while keeping up with painting and portraiture. After the events of September 2001 she turned to painting full time.
"There is nothing like the inner peace that comes from working from life, exploring the way the sun can transform an ordinary object into something stunning. I want you to see the beauty in what we pass by everyday, and acknowledge the importance of open space in our lives."

Inspired by the turn of the century California Impressionists and Tonalists, Kim paints in the plein air tradition. Fascinated with California's unique atmospheric qualities, Kim strives to capture the beauty, depth and energy of the land and sea. She is currently a Signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters, the Pastel Society of America,  a Distinguished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and Artist Member of the California Art Club.

Exhibitions and Honors:

2012 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver CO
2012 1st Annual Plein Air Convention, Red Rocks Las Vegas NV
2012 The Autry, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition
2011 Pasadena Museum of California Art, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition
2011 Haggin Museum, PASTELS USA 
Wakeham/Sutherland Award
2010 Pasadena Museum of California Art, California Art Club 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, CAC 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 Christopher Queen Galleries, The Tonalists
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,
Best of Show
2007 The Pastel Journal, Pastel 100, 
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
2002-2004 Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Society of Western Artists Annual Exhibition 
First Place 2003, First Place 2002, Honorable Mention 2004
2003 Napa Valley Museum Plein Air Biennial  
Continued Study with Bob Gerbracht
California Academy of Painters 2002-2003
Academy of Art University, San Francisco BFA Illustration 1989
University of San Francisco, BFA Illustration 1989
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
California Art Club-Artist 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