… these are the qualities that set Kim Norlien’s paintings apart from the field. His award-winning wildlife scenes invite viewers to peacefully gaze upon wildlife in their natural state. Equally captivating are his nostalgic pieces, which capture the joy and simplicity of days gone by.
Each Norlien painting is painstakingly researched to ensure that every detail – whether it be architecture, landscape, or wildlife – is captured precisely as it would be found in Mother Nature’s domain. Painting predominately in acrylics, Mr. Norlien complements his technical detail with skillful interplay of light and shadow. The result is subtle, yet powerful – vibrant, lifelike, compelling.
Kim Norlien was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and spent his childhood summers up at the lake with his grandparents and extended family in rural Minnesota. Mr. Norlien’s interest in art began after high school when he enrolled in the commercial art program at Minneapolis Technical College.
1994 Minnesota State Fair
Poster by Kim Norlien
Following his graduation in 1977, Mr. Norlien spent eight years working as a commercial artist for Honeywell, followed by nine years as a commercial freelance illustrator. Kim Norlien’s work for national companies such as General Mills, Sam Goody, 3M, Carlson Companies, and others, won him awards and national recognition and further developed his skill and painting techniques.
The Norlien Family
Kim & Lori, Bryan & Christina, Andy, Rachel and Katie
Mr. Norlien’s passion for his art is only exceeded by his faith in God and his love for his family and friends. He has been married for twenty-nine years to his high school sweetheart, Lori. They have four adult children; Bryan, Andy, Rachel and Katie.