The Artist

The Artist: Kim Barrick


Kim Barrick (b. 1960) is as diverse and complex as the work she creates. The artist deflects labels, challenges authority, and pursues her passions with wonder.  Barrick captures subjects in an expressive impressionism while remaining representational.  Her work is “alive with light and filled with movement,” words that could be applied to their creator as well.

Never a follower, Barrick’s fresh style is as authentic the artist. Finding the light with loose brushwork and  thick paint has earned esteem from collectors, fellow artists and students. Recognized early as a “Top Talent” by Santa Fean Magazine, this award winning artist is also a sought after instructor of landscape and still life painting. Recent wildlife paintings and large corporate commissions have drawn attention and accolades as well. 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. Numerous artworks are 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. widely recognized as the premier plein air/conservation art organization. She was instrumental in establishing Wild About Colorado supporting The Continental Divide Land Trust, and is a signature member of PAAC Plein Air Artists of Colorado.  She serves the land she loves on the Friends of Radnor Lake Board of Directors and supports emerging artists as a mentor and board member of the Arts and Business Council, Nashville, Tennessee.  She is currently serving The Chestnut Group chairing the Advisory Council.  

Artist CVs


Solo Exhibits

C3 Consulting
Nashville, Tennessee May-August 2016

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

The Centennial Club
December 2005-January 2006
Nashville, Tennessee


The Birds and the Bees
Nashville Arts Magazine, May 2015

Top Talent
Santa Fean Magazine, June/July 2008

Selected Group & Individual Events

Gala Invitational
Huntsville Museum of Art
Huntsville, Alabama 2008-2018

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

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