By Bonnie Gangelhoff
Like many Americans, Kim Fancher Lordier took the events of September 11, 2001, as a signal to reassess what was meaningful in life. The answer was art, and as it happened, her art was about to undergo a major shift. She stepped away from her career as a flight attendant to focus on painting in pastel, a part-time pursuit since age 15. A graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, she’d been creating animal portraits for a number of years. But within weeks of 9/11, she attended a demonstration of plein-air landscape painting—and knew that’s what she wanted to do.
Since then, the 39-year-old from the Bay Area has shown her luminous landscapes at several museum shows and the National Arts Club in New York City. She won the Artists’ Choice Award at both Sonoma Plein Air 2005 and the Napa Valley Museum Plein Air Biennial 2005. Observes Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum, “To me, the ability to portray the convincing effect of true natural light is the noblest calling of a landscape painter. Kim has earned my respect.”
For her part, Lordier is inspired by the early California Impressionists and passionate about capturing a magical sense of light and holding it, as she says, “just a moment longer than Mother Nature intended.” Her art is represented by Firehouse Gallery, Sausalito, CA; Sekula’s, Sacramento, CA; Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA; and www.kimfancherlordier.com.
Featured in “Artists to Watch” January 2006