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Kim Norlien

Kim Norlien

About the artist


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.



Breathtaking Realism, Uncompromising Authenticity, Attention to Minute Detail…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 Kim 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, Kim Norlien complements his technical detail with skillful interplay of light and shadow. The result is subtle, yet powerful – vibrant, lifelike, compelling.

Complementing his detail, Kim Norlien has become well known for his use of hidden images within many of his paintings. He believes these hidden images give families, adults and children alike, something to enjoy together, as well as a great conversation piece for visiting guests.

Kim Norlien’s passion for his art is only exceeded by his faith in God and his love for his family and friends. He is married to his high-school sweet-heart Lori and they have four children; Bryan, Andy, Rachel and Katie, who all help within the family business.

A committed Christian, Kim Norlien believes all of creation is a reflection of God’s glory. His artistic passion is to encourage and uplift his art collectors by creating scenes of beauty filled with peace and tranquility. Kim Norlien also hopes to create art of lasting quality by pursuing excellence in composition, color, and rendering. With over 40 images available in print and canvas, as well as many other gift items, Kim Norlien’s art portfolio and popularity continue to grow. It is his hope and prayer that his art work will continue to be a source of encouragement to others around the world.

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