Growing up on a ranch in Southern New Mexico, Kim Wiggins began his art career sculpting miniatures of the wildlife around him. Influenced by his father, a nationally recognized photojournalist, and mother, a pioneer rodeo cowgirl, he was encouraged at an early age to pursue the arts. By the time Wiggins was fourteen he began painting in oil and was working nights and weekends as a graphic artist for a national equine magazine. Wiggins' paintings have evolved with a unique, dramatic style. He populates his dynamic, bold canvases with ribbons of color, bulbous clouds, expressionistic mountains, sinewy trees and distorted houses. Among the youngest artists listed in Who's Who in American Art, Wiggins has been featured in several magazines including a cover story in Wildlife Art magazine. Wiggins has exhibited his work throughout the country and paintings are in the permanent collections of the several museums including The Autry Museum of Western Heritage.
The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder—a waif, a nothing, a no man. —THOMAS CARLYLE (1795-1881)
Discovering the joys of life is the Song of the Valle Vidal. If you were the scarecrow, would you see yourself as little more than an empty shirt on a set of cross-members? Or would you see yourself as guardian of one of the most beautiful places on earth, New Mexico’s Valle Vidal? We have the choice to be stewards of those around us by breathing life into them.The birds on the scarecrow sing a symphony of the inner beauty found in each of us. The flowers are life springing up around us as we reach out to others. In knowing your purpose in life, you really do come to life.
The candy-colored houses in Spring Shower begin to dry in the afternoon sun as a thundercloud rolls past. Kim Wiggins’ modern impressionism perfectly captures the lively history and brilliant tones of the Southwest.
The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. —MARC CHAGALL
“Star Light is about a father’s love for his children and their mutual amazement of the world around them,” says artist Kim Wiggins of his first Greenwich Workshop fine art limited edition.“There are so many negative events in the world today that I choose to focus on the positive.We’ve each been given different gifts and the purpose of a gift is to share it with others. My enjoyment and passion is in the creation of the work.There’s a power in realizing the uniqueness of your gift; it’s not about you but about reaching out to other people.
Every individual has the ability to change the world by impacting the lives of those around them. Although some of my works may be introspective or represent heavier struggles in life, the primary comment I hear from people viewing my work for the first time is ‘I don’t know what it is about your work, but it makes me happy.’ I’m a very passionate person and as long as my passion comes out in my work I consider myself successful.”
The Mission San Xavier del Bac, built circa 1783 south of Tucson, Arizona, is affectionately called “The White Dove of the Desert.” This most famous of the missions founded by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino still ministers to the Papago Indians.Wiggins says, “I tried to capture the spirit of the mission by representing Father Kino passing a dove to a Papago Indian boy.The dove represents the peaceful nature of this tribe. Storm clouds swirl above as a reminder of the struggles these gentle people faced. Not only did they battle nature, but the mission became their only refuge against the constant attacks by the fierce Apache Indians.”The mission, home to statues draped in real clothing and brightly painted carvings, is open to the public every day as well as those on pilgrimage.