The Artist

The Artist: Kim Barrick

Photo – Rebecca Renee Photography

“Everything is about the Light”


Kim Barrick – painter, writer and seeker – is as diverse and complex as the work she creates. The artist deflects labels, challenges authority, and ponders Life with wonder.  Barrick describes her artwork as expressive impressionism, “alive with light and filled with movement,” words that could be applied to their creator as well.  Her published words inspire curiosity and encourage pragmatic participation by all life enthusiasts.

Her accolades include early recognition as a “Top Talent” by Santa Fean Magazine, numerous award winning artworks, and inclusion in many juried exhibits as well as a number of solo shows.  She is a sought after instructor of landscape and still life painting as well as a noted wildlife artist. Her large corporate commissions are displayed in outstanding structures in Tennessee.

A native of Colorado and resident of Tennessee, Barrick claims dual citizenship maintaining homes in both states. Her work is represented by galleries in both the South and West with numerous artworks held in private and corporate collections throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

In 2001, Barrick founded The Chestnut Group (plein air painters for the land), recognized as the premier plein air/conservation art organization in the United States. In addition, Barrick was instrumental in establishing Wild About Colorado supporting The Continental Divide Land Trust (Now Colorado Open Lands) and is a signature member of PAAC Plein Air Artists of Colorado. Barrick has served the land she loves on the Friends of Radnor Lake Board of Directors, continues to support emerging artists as a mentor and former Board member of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville and continues to serve on the Chestnut Group Advisory Board.

Artist CVs

Solo Exhibits

  • Big Snow La Posada de Santa FeSanta Fe, New Mexico, November-January 2020

  • Wild C3 Consulting Nashville, Tennessee May-August 2016

  • Coloring Local Gallery 25th Anniversary Gala Nashville, Tennessee, April-July 2015

  • Opening Doors Gallerie Corazon Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 2009

  • New Works Auld Alliance Gallery Nashville, Tennessee, April 2008

  • September Artist Belle Meade Plantation Nashville, Tennessee, September 2006

  • Featured Artist Main Gallery The Renaissance Center Dickson, Tennessee, June-July 2006

  • Winter The Centennial Club December 2005-January 2006 Nashville, Tennessee



Selected Group Events

  • Bee Aware Exhibit  Centennial Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee, August-September 2020

  • Gala Invitational Huntsville Museum of Art Huntsville, Alabama 2008-2023

  • New Tricks With Lee Hamblen and Brenda Stein Centennial Arts Center Nashville, Tennessee, June-July 2015

  • Three Voices With Brenda Stein and Carolyn Riess-Dodson Centennial Arts Center Nashville, Tennessee, February-March 2012

  • Oil And Water Duo Exhibit with Darryl Steele Local Color Gallery Nashville, Tennessee, April 2011

  • Plein Air Southwest Outdoor Painters Society, National Juried Exhibition Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas, April-May 2011

  • Saving Paradise Leu Gallery Regional Juried Exhibition Belmont University, Summer 2010

  • Vanishing Barns Anne Irwin Fine Art National Invitational Exhibit Atlanta, Georgia 2008 & 2009

  • Small Works National Invitational Exhibit Atlanta, Georgia 2008 Other Invitational Exhibits

  • The Harding Art Show, National Juried Exhibit, Nashville, Tennessee 2004-2009

  • Artclectic, Nashville, National Juried Exhibit, Tennessee 2005-2007

  • Fine Art in Brentwood, Regional Juried Exhibit, Brentwood, Tennessee 2004-2009

  • The Art Event, Regional Juried Exhibit, Nashville, Tennessee 2007-2009 Featured Artist 2008


  • Belle Meade Plantation Regional Juried Exhibit Nashville, Tennessee 2011, 2012 Juror

  • Wild About Colorado National Juried Exhibit benefiting Continental Divide Land Trust Summit County, Colorado, July 2014-2009 2014 2nd place Artist Choice, 3rd Place People's Choice 2013 1st place Artist Choice, 3rd place People's Choice 2016 1st Place Peoples Award 2017 1st Place Artist Choice, 3rd Place People's Choice

  • Plein Air Southwest Outdoor Painters Society, National Juried Exhibition Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas, April-May 2011 Honorable Mention

  • Breckenridge Music Institute Poster 2011 Breckenridge, Colorado

  • 2009 Holiday card Metro Nashville Arts Council