Artist Kim Sweet Appreciates the Desert's Subtle Color

Katie Johnson
Artist Kim Sweet

Best of Phoenix hit newsstands Sept. 26. In conjunction with this year's Vintage Phoenix theme, New Times is collaborating with R. Pela Contemporary Art to present "Hot Plate!" It's an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, Phoenix-inspired commemorative plates made by local artists. Leading up to the show's Oct. 4 opening, we're profiling each of the contributing artists and visiting their studios. Today: Kim Sweet.

Artist Kim Sweet is mainly a painter, but she also enjoys creating drawings and collages in her down time. These aren't her only skills, though. Sweet says that over the years, she has learned many different skills. The artist has created custom stencils, painted countless murals, learned how to water guild, and how to put leafing on glass.

See also: Hot Plate! Best of Phoenix Commemorative Collaboration Opens Oct. 4 at R. Pela Gallery

Katie Johnson
Artist Kim Sweet's Studio

Sweet started painting when she was 10, and later attended Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her degree in painting. She says that after she graduated, she almost gave up because the reality of living as an artist hit her so hard. She considers herself very lucky to have continued working and made it this far.

What's your earliest memory of Phoenix?
The subtleness of desert color. It requires you to look to see its range. And the husband and I came out for a visit in June and went hiking at 11:00 with one bottle of water. Tourists!!

Location Info


R. Pela Contemporary Art

335 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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