Curate at The Village Chapel in Nashville, TN
Married to Jim Thomas since 1978
“With the heart of a poet and the eye of a painter she intuitively interacts with life through her various mediums.”
My work has a wide range. Currently I’m exploring abstract art as my visual language. Removing the limitations of representation, I’m enjoying the philosophical aspect of indirect images, and less direct narrative. My past renderings have included contemplative paintings in subtle tones bringing a sacramental quality to everyday items like bowls, chairs, desks, fish, or dresses. I’ve also done pieces that tell silent stories of encounters at the potluck table, and some earlier work recounted visions of Italian Renaissance inspired images.
Nihonga is a medium I've found to be most welcoming to my own personal instincts and approach in the studio. While the exacting chemistry of the process satisfies the math major in me, the response to chaos in the actual abstract work satisfies the artist soul in me, and the slow and thoughtful use of resources, the relationship to the surface and the interaction with the materials gives the poet/theologian in me the invitation to think. It's a good fit!
Kim’s work has been characterized as:
“value driven artistry”
“Dave Barry with a dash of Rilke.”
Publisher’s Weekly lauds her “engaging candor” as what elevates her work above the average
The Houston Chronicle noted Kim’s writing as a “lyrical style seldom seen today”
The Nashville Tennessean described her work: “innocent offerings...clever compositions that tug at the shoulder and draw in the eye...there’s a depth of creativity and positive spirit that imbues Kim Thomas’ art.”
Masters in Theological Studies, summa cum laude, Covenant Theological Seminary
Undergraduate degree in Visual Communications with early studies in math
Potluck - Parables of giving, taking, and belonging, Waterbrook Press
Finding Your Way Through Grief, Harvest House Publ.
Even God Rested, Harvest House Publ.
Living in the Sacred Now, Harvest House Publ.
Simplicity: Finding Peace by Uncluttering Your Life, Broadman & Holman Publishers
Commission work & exclusive exhibits 2007-current
Co-exhibitor, The Gallery, 2012
Selected exhibitor, C3, 2011
Surroundings Gallery, 2010, 2011
Leiper’s Creek Gallery, 2006-2008
By invitation exhibitor, The Temple Show, 2010
By invitation exhibitor, The Harding Show, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
By invitation exhibitor, Fine Art in Brentwood, 2004, 2005
Exhibitor, DIG Show, 2002, 2003
Exhibitor, Share Our Strength,1997, 1998
Gallery association, Mario Villa Gallery, Chicago IL, 1996-1998
One Woman Show, The Mad Platter, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002
In private collections: record companies, offices, vacation and primary homes across the U.S.
Sixpence None the Richer: This Beautiful Mess
City on a Hill: 1, 2, 3 and It’s Christmas
Caedmon’s Call: In the Company of Angels
Various: Our God of Wonders
Say-So: Say-So, and Acoustic Hymns Project
City on a Hill, Harvest House Pub.
Potluck, Waterbrook Pub.
The Fitting Room, David C. Cook Pub.
Simplicity, Broadman & Holman Pub.
At Home Tennessee