Kyle Sims< >
Kyle Sims was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 12, 1980. He was raised there until the age of 18 when he ventured off to college in Billings, Montana, where he received his BA in art. Sims’s obsession with depicting the natural environment around him began early, but he remembers age 13 as being a crucial time. At 16, he began taking workshops that enabled him to meet Dan Smith, who has become of good friend, and Paco and Toni Young, who nurtured his development. Paco encouraged Sims to paint from life, and this way of seeing changed Sims’s work in a big way.
Sims enjoys making new discoveries with oil paint and getting out and observing wildlife firsthand. Ungulates’ rutting periods can be very interesting, as their social interactions and activity levels increase, and Sims has found that this can make for some fun storytelling within the painting, which is the key to a successful piece.
He has exhibited annually at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale as well as at a few well-known miniature shows. In 2005, he was awarded the Wildlife Award at the former Arts for the Parks competition. During that same time, he was awarded the Distinguished Young Artist Award from the Society of Animal Artists. In 2009 Sims received the Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award at the Prix De West Invitational and Best of Show at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. His work has appeared in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, and Wildlife Art.
Sims and his wife, Joylene, currently reside near Bozeman, Montana.
Kyle Sims is represented by Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona.