The Multi-Layered Artist

Kim Weissenborn’s artistic pursuits are as varied as the colors in her palette
Artist Kim Weissenborn, wearing a favorite painting apron, stands by the easel supporting her watercolor of Marseille, France, titled “Vieux Port View.”

On a gray, rainy morning, Kim Weissenborn discussed her career as an artist at her combination house and studio in Vero Beach. Kim hails from a family steeped in the fine arts: her grandmother and aunt were in Vaudeville; another aunt was the first violinist in the Palm Beach Symphony; her grandfather was the conductor of the St. Louis Symphony; and her mother and sister are writers. Kim, a shy youngster, found solace in pencil-sketching her family at the tender age of 7. 

When she turned 16, at her mother’s insistence, Kim started private watercolor lessons in the small New Jersey town where they lived.

“The art course was a revelation,” Kim says. “I loved my teacher. I took lessons for years while attending school. Later at Centenary, a small private college nearby, I majored in art. I was coming out of my shell. I even made the dean’s list.”  

Then came New York City. Kim attended Parsons School of Design for three years, graduating with a bachelor’s in fine arts. Having started with a major in fashion illustration, she switched midway through to general illustration. Kim roomed with four other girls; they had fun times together in the city, but Kim took her courses seriously at Parsons. She experimented and painted with every possible medium but always felt more comfortable with watercolors.

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