A Passion for Watercolor

    Kim Shirley is an award winning watercolor artist from western Montana. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, painting emphasis, from Brigham Young University-Idaho and has since been actively participating in artistic organizations and groups close to a decade.


    Kim is a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society (TWSA) and a Signature Member of the Montana Watercolor Society (MTWS). She regularly competes in juried watercolor exhibitions around the nation in addition to other juried exhibitions each year. She has won awards for her work in watercolor at the national level.


    Kim prefers to work with transparent watercolor in order to capture the light and mood of the subjects she paints but regularly works with other mediums such as oil, graphite, ink, and block printing or linocuts. Her work is a manifestation of the fondness and admiration of her western surroundings


    2014 - MTWS Merchandise Award, MTWS 30th Annual National Juried Exhibition
    - MTWS Founder's Award, Watermedia 2013, MTWS 31st Annual National Juried Exhibition

    2011 - MTWS Merchandise Award, MTWS 29th Annual National Juried Exhibtion

    2007 - MTWS President's Award, MTWS 25th Annual National Juried Exhibition

    2006 - Merit Award, WyWS Annual Juried Exhibition

    2005 - Merchandise Award, MTWS 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition

    1st Place, Watercolor Division, BYU-Idaho Annual All-Student Show