Kimberly Beck


“To me, nothing is more humbling and at the same time more invigorating than approaching a blank canvas. Working as an artist endlessly challenges me to grow and learn, always with the hope my work might capture a fragment of the sacred I recognize in the natural world.”

Beck grew up in Northern California in a bucolic, rural setting where Loggerhead Shrike and Western Meadowlarks kept me company on the walk home from the bus stop. Red-Tails, Kestrels and Kites, Hummingbirds and Burrowing Owls were regular residents of the landscape of her childhood.

After college, she became fascinated with learning to draw and paint and took on the challenge of depicting the birds and animals I knew. She studied intensive anatomy, drawing and illustration at the California College of Arts and Crafts for two years preparing her to work as a nature illustrator.

Today, Beck spend hours each week outdoors observing birds and wildlife, taking photos, making sketches, and recording color information for reference in the studio. Concepts for paintings emerge from these personal experiences in nature.

“As a painter, I enjoy the challenge of translating textures, patterns and palettes into paint. When painting birds or mammals, I apply the rules of portraiture, seeking to convey the bird’s essence through careful observation of its unique physical attributes and mannerisms and the way it behaves in its environment.

The addition of gold and silver leaf backgrounds and elements to my paintings elevates the stature of my subject, introduces reflective light to the surface of the painting and provides an interesting contrast to the natural pigments.”


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI – Bachelor of Arts in English Literature 1980

California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA – 1982-1984 – Drawing, Illustration

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art, Chicago, Illinois – Painting, Life Drawing

Workshops: Rose Frantzen, Nancy Guzik, Clayton Beck and Johanna Harmon

THE NATURE COMPANY, Berkeley, CA 1984-1989

Created artwork reproduced as posters, greeting cards, T-shirts, and even umbrellas for sale nationally in stores and through a mail-order catalog. Subject matter included North America Garden Birds, Hummingbirds, Insects, Raccoons, Owls and Large Cats. “Bird-Feeder” and “Hummingbird” posters set records as company’s “best-selling” poster images.

Created original full-color watercolor and pencil illustrations for greeting cards, paper products: MARCEL SCHURMAN COMPANY., THE EVERGREEN PRESS, THE NOTE CUBE CO.

National and International Exhibitions

Birds in Art 2012-2016, 2018-2020, 2022, 2023

Society of Animal Artists Member Exhibition 2020, 2022 (selected to national tour), 2D Merit Award, 2023

American Women Artists, Spring Online Juried Exhibition, 2020-22

Richeson 75
Animals, Birds and Wildlife Competition Finalist, 2014-2017, 2019, 2021
Awarded an Honorable Mention in 2016

Richeson 75
International Figure and Portrait Competition Finalist, 2017

Richeson 75
Still Life and Floral Competition Finalist, 2019

The Art of the Heartland 2015, 2016, 2018
Southwest Art Magazine
Award of Excellence in 2015,
Award of Merit in the Animal Category, 2018

The Laumeister Fine Art Competition 2015
Bennington Center for the Arts

Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, 2021
Awarded the Animal Award of Excellence

Oil Painters of America National Exhibition 2015

Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition 2014, 2015

Oil Painters of America Salon Shows 2013, 2016

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) Online International Show, 2013

American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase, 2018

Professional Memberships

American Women Artists, Associate Member with Distinction

Artists for Conservation, Signature Member

Society of Animal Artists, Signature Member

Oil Painters of America, 2012-2022

Portrait Society of America, 2011-2019

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art, 2009-2019

Gallery Representation
Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
J Petter Galleries, Douglas, MI
Sunset Framer & Art Gallery, St. George, UT

Artwork to be Showcased