Kimberly Dawn Clayton

Out of the mountains of Tennessee and onto the beaches of the Atlantic coast … meet Kimberly Dawn. Kim is a self-taught visionary folk artist who is lucky enough to have been doing what she loves for the last 20 years. Kimberly lives in Myrtle Beach, SC with her three greatest works – her children.

Kim’s preferred mediums are acrylics, oil, airbrush and rattle cans. Her preferred canvases are whatever she can get her hands on. One man’s trash is Kimberly Dawn’s artistic treasure. Windows, doors, hubcaps, skateboards and furniture all have a story worth telling through her brush. She has also painted crazier things like a VW Beetle, a Jeep, a motorcycle, a few boats and a boat dock … to name a few personal favorites.

Influences and inspirations have never been hard to come by for Kimberly. Her greatest influence, her grandfather, is the late furniture designer Stapleton Long. Her greatest inspiration … life. Kimberly’s work is a visual diary of emotions, feelings and dreams. Her river of inspiration will never run dry.

Kim’s list of accomplishments is long and colorful. She has illustrated six children’s books, as well as a cookbook. She has worked with ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and countless hotels, restaurants, churches and private collectors.

Kimberly is well known on the folk are circuit, exhibiting at Folk Fest I Atlanta, GA; Abby Road On the River in Louisville, KY; National Moofest in Athens, TN and other outsider art festivals. In June 2015, Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC featured her one-woman show titled Finding My Balance In Brazil, which consisted of 20+ paintings inspired by her trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier that spring.