Growing up in a house full of artists, Kia Neill was allowed to endlessly explore her creativity. But while her parents focused on the commercial aspect of art, graphic design and illustration, Kia knew by the age of 5 that was not her path.
Laughing, she recalls her uncle asking if she was going to grow up to be an artist like her parents.
Her reply? “No way. If I’m an artist, I’m going to be like Picasso.”
And like Picasso, there is no denying an element of surrealism in her work. A Chicago native, Kia moved to Colorado to explore the mountain landscape, both physically and through her artwork. Her creations meld drawing and photography in a seemingly effortless way; the addition of a sketch to elongate a swirling cloud or to expound on the tracks left by a cross-country skier. Her intention is to evoke the feeling of the photograph. She describes it as “more of the experiential, something that is not really seen but what you can feel when you are in the moment.”
With her strong connection to the natural world, it’s no wonder Kia is excited her installation will live in Joy Park, and she needs your help to finish it! Kiddos and grown-ups are invited to come by during her open studio hours to meet Kia, collaborate on a piece, and explore art in a whole new way!