Linda Lee Kinman
"Trail through the Valley"
"Spring in the Desert"
"Desert Mountain Smoketrees"
"First Light on Indian head"
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Linda Lee and Kerry Kinman
of desert sun sparkle in the eyes of Linda Lee and Kerry Kinman when
they talk about their love for the Sonora, Mojave and Colorado deserts.
Every spring, since 1983, they have explored these desert regions in
their motor home which acts also as a traveling studio. They spend four
months collecting images of mountain ranges, desert washes and
wildflowers. Every scene they paint is an actual place they have been.
If there has been ample rainfall, the desert
is alive with a colorful and fragrant wildflower explosion. Linda Lee and Kerry
strive to capture the desert’s fleeting beauty. They want to share this
experience with others who may not realize that the desert has more to offer
than sand and heat.
The Kinmans learned their painting technique
from Kerry’s mother, renowned artist Florence Sackett. They both paint in oils
on Belgium linen canvas using only painting knives which they make themselves.
Their unique technique of applying paint onto the canvas is atypical of most
palette knife painters. Instead of using heavy impasto they use very little
paint to achieve crisp and concise details. The only brush work in their
paintings is their signatures.
The tiny flower petals and fine thorny spines
on the cactus might lead viewers to suspect that their knives are as small as
dental tools when, in fact, they are actually quite large. A large boat-shaped
knife with a pointed end about three inches long is used the most. Kerry
fashioned this out of a large triangular knife which he ground and sanded until
it had a weight and feel they liked.
Kerry Kinman and Linda Lee have both been
full time artists since 1980. They feel fortunate to be able to spend time
together doing what they love. They spend their summer and fall in their home
in Oregon. In the winter, when the rain seems never-ending, they head to the
beautiful Southwest deserts to enjoy the sun and wildflowers. They also revisit
familiar places and the many friends they have made over their years of travel.
Their art can be found in the collections of
many discerning art collectors throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
They have been featured in many magazines including Southwest Art, Art
West, Wildlife Art, Arizona Now, and Yippi Yi Yea. It
is also a great honor that one of Kerry’s images was chosen to adorn the cover
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