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Spencer Kimmel is an American painter quite happily transplanted in St. Kitts in the West Indies.
Spencer Kimmel has always been interested in art from a young age but it wasn't until he attended Gonzaga University, a Jesuit school in Spokane, Washington in the U.S. that it became a serious pursuit. After earning an art degree there under Robert Gilmore, he continued to study and assist drawing labs for an additional three years with Gilmore as his mentor. "Mr. Gilmore provided me with the foundation. He stressed the importance of drawing as fundamental to all painting," says Kimmel, gesturing to a rough-hewn painting consisting of urgent, decisive lines. "I always try to draw with the paint," Kimmel continues, "There's no filling in anywhere. I like to carve up the canvas and not overstate things or get too fussy."
Since arriving in St. Kitts years ago, Kimmel has continued to paint. His palette has warmed in response to his new environment. There has also been a noticeable increase in the number of coconut trees portrayed in his work.
Several of his paintings are available at Spencer-Cameron Art Gallery in Basseterre. He also has paintings in Sunriver, Oregon and in his studio in St. Kitts. Contact him if you would like to arrange a visit to his studio.