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.