I’m currently working on a commission; a memorial portrait of this precious girl, Rachel Erin Turner, whose life was taken in a tragic accident at the age of nine. This isn’t my first time working with such a heavy subject. When my brother unexpectedly died at nineteen a few years ago, my response was, of course, to memorialize him in this way. There’s something very different, though, when you didn’t know the person. What did this little girl’s voice sound like? What were he
My name is Kimberlyn Dryden, and I am an artist. I can’t tell you how difficult it was to get to where I could say those words without feeling like an impostor. Ever since childhood I’ve known I wanted to be an artist, and I figured out early on that I loved rendering human faces. I’m not sure why this is the subject that has always appealed to me, but I speculate that it has something to do with my naturally empathetic disposition. I’ve always deeply felt people’s pain and j
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Here you will find musings and rants, thoughts about art and creativity, and a deeper dive into my processes and the meaning and motivations behind my work.