STL Artist Channels Deep Emotions into Vibrant Paintings

Cool greens and blues of this piece “Evergreen” give off a calm vibe. Photo by Kenzie Coburn

Cool greens and blues of this piece “Evergreen” give off a calm vibe.
Photo by Kenzie Coburn

St. Louis native Kenzie Coburn creates the most vivid and lively paintings in the area. One piece, to the next, to the next, and so on, adds a new twist, or brings a different emotion. Some pieces give off a feeling of calm with blue gradients, while others blaze with passionate red and orange.

Looking at a few paintings is all someone needs to feel a connection with Coburn, who specifically channels her emotions into her paintings. Every curve of the paint tells a story and takes you on a journey, but the story isn’t entirely laid out for you — you have to find it in the colors and shapes.

Another vibrant blue piece, “Same Sea” by Coburn. Photo by Kenzie Coburn

Another vibrant blue piece, “Same Sea” by Coburn.
Photo by Kenzie Coburn

“You” by Coburn sends fiery chills up the spine. Photo by Kenzie Coburn You

“You” by Coburn sends fiery chills up the spine.
Photo by Kenzie Coburn You

How long have you been doing art?
I have been doing art since I can remember. I really began to get into it in [grade] school, but fell in love with art during my sophomore year of high school.

When I paint, all the noise fades away. It’s just me, the ink and my white noise against the world. I fall into an artistic autopilot.
— Kenzie Coburn

What is your favorite medium to work with?
My favorite mediums to work with are acrylic paint and ink. Any kind of ink, really, but usually black or white Speedball brand. The way they flow works well for the kind of art I make, which, I don't really know what to call, but requires fluidity.

“Monarch” painted by Coburn. Photo by Kenzie Coburn

“Monarch” painted by Coburn.
Photo by Kenzie Coburn

“The Catalyst” Photo by Kenzie Coburn

“The Catalyst”
Photo by Kenzie Coburn

What inspires you to create?
Honestly, what inspires me to create are my emotional extremes. When I'm at that point where I can't breathe, I can only feel, and I need to get what I'm feeling on a canvas — it’s almost like a compulsion. Same for if I fall in love, or have one of those days where everything is pure sunshine, I need to express that. When I paint, all the noise fades away. It’s just me, the ink and my white noise against the world. I fall into an artistic autopilot.

Where was your last exhibition at?
My last exhibition was at a cafe in Maplewood, Mo., called Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream. They showed my pieces for three weeks. Everyone there is so nice and the food is fantastic, too!

“Bleeding Rays” Photo by Kenzie Coburn

“Bleeding Rays”
Photo by Kenzie Coburn

What do you have planned in the future? More shows, any projects?
In the future, I plan to make a website specifically for my art to be shown at and hopefully have my pieces shown again soon. I do have a big project I’m working on right now that might take a while to complete — we’ll see what happens!

Stay up to date with Coburn’s art on her Instagram account @kenziicub.

Written by Lauren Leady