We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimmy Burns and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimmy, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I’ve always had the “keep going” mentality. If you decide to give up, whether it be on your hopes and dreams, career, relationships, you’ll never know if that level up was only right around the corner. The possibility that my situation can change at any time is what keeps me going and keeps me pursuing my art. A bit of a thrill if you ask me. I’ve had so many great experiences and opportunities already that I wouldn’t have if I had decided to give up when things seemed stagnant or impossible. I’ve had to pick myself up more times than I can count, and my advice is to brush yourself off because that could be the fall right before the fortune.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My medium is bit different than other artists. I mainly use crayons to create my pieces, with an acrylic base. I love the way they turn out and the surprise amongst those who view it when they find out what my art is made of. I have been really excited about some of the recent inquiries I’ve gotten; it blows my mind that my art is catching the attention of some major celebrities and creatives themselves. There are absolutely no schools or classes behind my technique, it was a lot of trial and error and finding myself by experimenting and practicing what felt most natural to me as an artist and an individual. It was not easy to say the least, and you go through bouts of questioning yourself and whether you are fulfilling your purpose. Trusting your inner voice is so important, it might not be the loudest one in your head, but it is the strongest and I believe that listening to that constant intuition is your true north. As any artist will tell you, whenever you create a piece, you are giving part of yourself to that creation, which can be taxing, but the happiness you give far outweighs the urge to want to keep everything you create ha-ha. I want the world to know that you can turn ordinary things into the most extraordinary things. I did, and it is paying off in ways I never thought imaginable. I hope my technique is an inspiration for others to jump out of their comfort zone and try something new.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many hidden gems and places to explore within LA and the OC. Hitting the big ones for our shared interests such as The Getty, LACMA, The Broad, Natural History Museum, and The Griffith Observatory would definitely be on our itinerary. I have to be honest in the fact that I am not a “same place” type of person. I love to explore, try new things, and go to places I’ve never been before, so our time would be spent as more of an adventure. Old Towne Pasadena has amazing food and shopping, Highland Park is great for unique finds and supporting local entrepreneurs and small businesses, West Hollywood is fabulously trendy, it all depends on the vibe. One of my all-time favorite places is The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA. The layout is amazing. You can get lost in there for hours and there is always something to discover every time you go back. LA is so diverse and accepting of so many different ways of life and cultures, just talking to those you meet on the street, in stores, pretty much wherever you go, is what makes things so exciting. Everyone has a different story and it’s so much fun to learn what another’s journey entails. We can constantly learn from new people and new experiences. At the end of the day, I’d tell my friend to buckle up because we are going on an adventure! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In all honesty, it’s not just one person that I can attribute my success to. I’m so blessed in the fact that my friends and family have always supported me, loved me, guided me, and embraced me just the way I am. Without that system, I don’t think there’s any way I could have made it as far as I have. People tend to get caught up in the praises or support of those who are a bit more influential, but I always have to bring it back home to my friends and family for sure. I owe them everything.
All my original photos.