artist statement

Kelly Seim grew up in Utah, encircled by the native beauty of the Wasatch mountains and red rock desert. Seim briefly left the West to receive a BFA in 1997 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, spent a year in Durango, Colorado, and then returned to Utah where she received an MSW in 2004 from the University of Utah.

Seim's work as an artist and psychotherapist are linked, the power of each coming from curiosity and openness, carefully attending to and unearthing ideas and images that are specific and universal. Her vibrant paintings are informed by the landscape of Utah: cobalt blue skies, violet shadows on chalky snow, fire red desert vistas, gold coin aspens and deep green pine forests. Her figures are iconographic, stylized and set like jewels in decorative environments that are full of symbolic meaning and invitations to explore emotion, relationships, and the unconscious. 

Seim has exhibited in Utah, Colorado, and Michigan, and has done commissioned portraits, landscapes, stained glass, and murals. Her favorite sale to date occurred while passing time painting en plein air at a train station outside of Florence, Italy. 

She sees patients Monday through Thursday and observes studio hours on Friday. Contact Kelly at kellyseim@yahoo.com or 801-792-3228 for information on available work.