Kyle was born on June 12, 1980 and was raised near Cheyenne, Wyoming. Kyle’s training with the arts began very early, but with no formal regimen in place. His talent and interest was recognized early by his parents and they nurtured and encouraged this passion. He had very intelligent art teachers throughout his school years that taught him the fundamentals and principals of art, but also had the ability to let Kyle run with things when they saw the chance versus forcing him into their view of “good art”. Kyle also enjoyed the competition that came with athletics, including cross country, basketball, and track. But it was around the age of 13 that he can remember having a strong interest building towards painting animals in particular.
At the age of 16 Kyle began taking workshops from artists making a living from their work. Some notable teachers were artists named Terry Isaac, Daniel Smith, and Paco Young. Kyle began to heavily study the works of those who painted wildlife in a realistic manner and in the medium of acrylics. He used acrylics for five to six years following this time and recalls it as being a great way to continue his improvement with drawing and layering with paint. Acrylic dries very quickly and made the layering process more efficient.
Paco Young was very influential with Kyle’s development. It was Paco that really hammered home on how important it was to get outside and paint from life. Painting in the field altered the way Kyle sees, not only his subjects, but how it can help an artist to make a more pleasing painting. This method will, over time, train your eye to become accustomed to how actual life appears to the human eye/brain.
After high school, Kyle attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. He spent much of that time taking advantage of the Montana experience and spent a great deal of time in the Beartooth Mountains. One fun memory he has is in the fact that he was able to take a course in fly fishing! It was an extracouricular course, but still a very fitting option for a Montana school. He truly feels that getting outside is paramount and is half or more of the enjoyment of being a wildlife artist.
Every year, Kyle’s tastes with painting and art continue to evolve through practice and study. This isn’t something forced, but rather a product of time and passion, bordering on obsession.
2009-2016, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix De West, Oklahoma City, OK
2009-2016, Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Los Angeles, CA
2008-2016, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Show and Sale, Jackson, WY
2008-2016, Settlers West Galleries, Settlers West American Miniatures, Tucson, AZ
2006-2014, Collectors Covey, Annual Miniature Show, Dallas, TX
2006-2014, Ponderosa Gallery, Fall Classics, Hamilton, MT
2006, Bennington Center for the Arts, Artists for a New Century, Bennington, VT
2006-2009, 2011-2014 Trailside Galleries, Showcase, Jackson, WY
2005, Arts for the Parks, Top 100, Washington, DC
2005, Society of Animal Artists, 45th Annual Exhibition, Berthoud, CO
2004-2016, Buffalo Bill Center For The West, Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Cody, WY
2000-2004, Douglas Invitational, Douglas, WY
Masters of the America West, Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award, 2013, 2016
Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Best in Show, 2009
Prix De West Art Show and Sale, Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award, 2009
Arts for the Parks, Top 100 and Wildlife Award, 2005
Society of Animal Artists, Distinguished Young Artist Award, 2004
Douglas Invitational, People’s Choice Award 2000 & 2002
Douglas Invitational, Sponsor’s Choice Award, 2000