Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimmy Burns.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kimmy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always been creative, ever since I can remember. My uncle was an artist. I used to help him prep and prime his canvases when I was around 4 or 5 years old. Even at that age, there was something so therapeutic about creating a vision that solely came from you. As I got older, I dabbled here and there, but schooling was never geared towards the creative arts. It was hard to find an outlet to express myself in the ways I really wanted to. After high school, I took a break from art, an extremely long break — about four years ago, I was creating a DIY project for my boyfriend at the time when I discovered my most recent technique; Crayon Art. I thought to myself, “I can do way more with this!”. It’s a medium that is rarely used amongst mature artists if at all, so I knew I had to go for it. Thus began my adult journey into the art world.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It was not smooth sailing, AT ALL. I didn’t grow up cultivating my talent. Which made it difficult to find my niche. The industry is so saturated, trying to stand out can be overwhelming and intimidating at times. I was terrified that without the proper schooling, my art would go nowhere. It’s nice to see that what I do is being received so well inside and outside of the art community. It’s been a slow and steady road, a lot spent on trying to figure out what kind of art I really want to create, but I’ve learned that if I keep on pushing past those thoughts and obstacles, anything is possible.
Please tell us more about your art.
I am an artist specializing in the technique of melting crayons to create my pieces. That is what I am best known for. I think the technique itself and the fact that I use something so simple and turn it into something so complex is what truly sets me apart from others. People are blown away when I tell them what medium I use. They can’t believe they’re only crayons. As an artist, I am most proud for sticking to who I am as an individual and creating things that resonate not only resonate with me but others as well. The connections I create with different people along the way are invaluable.
What were you like growing up?
Oh, man. I was a rambunctious little thing. My mom told me I was always up in everyone’s face. There was no such thing as personal space to me. I got along with almost everyone, as I do now, and rarely shied away from new things. I did really well academically up until high school when I lost interest in what I thought were mundane and uninteresting subjects at the time. I also danced up until my 20s when an injury made me hang up the towel. Dancing is such a physical form of art which is why I took to it at a young age. I needed an outlet for all that energy, a way to let go and be free. That is what my art does for me now, and why I’ll always gravitate towards things that allow me to give my energy freely.