Kim Casebeer was born and raised in Kansas on a family farm. As part of a fourth generation farm family, she has been connected to the land for a long time. Kim still lives in Kansas and draws her inspiration from the simplicity of the Flint Hills, an area of wide open ranch land. “It’s a simple landscape,” she says. “It’s not grandiose. You have to spend some time and let it speak to you.” These days Kim also feels at home painting in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming and Texas. “I think the simplicity of the Kansas landscape has helped me find the essence of other places. I’m able to focus on what’s important in a composition. It’s as much about what’s not in the painting as what is.”
Kim received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Kansas State University in 1992. She worked as a graphic designer and art director in order to pay the bills, while spending evenings and weekends painting until 2002, when she was able to make the leap to full-time artist. Kim has continued to study with artists such as Albert Handell, W. Scott Jennings, Michael Albrechtsen, Scott Christensen and Matt Smith.
Kim’s work has been featured in magazine articles in The Pastel Journal (2007), American Artist (2008), American Art Collector (2009 & 2011), Western Art Collector (2010), Southwest Art (2011) and Art of the West (2011). She is a Master Signature member in the American Women Artists organization and has received an Award of Recognition in 2005 and Runner-Up in 2004 from this organization. She is also a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America and the Pastel Society of America. She has exhibited in these prestigious national competitions, as well as the C.M. Russell Auction, the Salon International Show in which she received Juror’s Top 50 in 2005 and 2007, Scottsdale Artists School Best and Brightest in which she won 2nd Place in 2005, the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition, and The Artist’s Magazine Competition. She won Best of Show at the 2010 Nomadas del Arte National Invitational Exhibit held at Southwest Gallery.
Kim has participated in museum shows such as the C.M. Russell Masters in Miniature Show, the American Art in Miniature Show at the Gilcrease Museum, Cowgirl Up! at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona, Western Visions Miniatures and More at the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson, Wyoming, and The Russell Show and Sale at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana, and the Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Sale at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, OK.
Kim has work in many private, corporate and museum collections throughout the United States. She is represented by American Legacy Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri; Grapevine Gallery in Oklahoma City; Hueys Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; K. Newby Gallery in Tubac, Arizona; Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona and Jackson, Wyoming; and Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas.