Kimberly Balla

Kimberly Balla

LAKE TAPPS, WA, United States

About Kimberly Balla


Kimberly Balla graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from Western Washington University in 2013. At Western she stumbled upon her signature technique. This technique was discovered by long hours of experimentation. Kimberly found that combining three different oil paint mediums allowed for a unique chemical reaction to occur. This reaction formed unusual 3D-like fractal patterns and geological groves throughout the oil paint surface.
Kimberly is inspired by artist Max Ernst's unique textures and his chance based processes. Kimberly’s work involves a great deal of chance as well. Using a chance based approach adds a bit of challenge, but also a bit of magic and excitement to her process. Kimberly is also very much inspired by the dream like patterned landscapes of Darren Waterston, Anselm Kiefer, and Paul Klee. With these artists in mind Kimberly uses her new found style to create her own dream like atmospheres. She intends for her dreamscapes to transport the viewer to a new world, a world of forms which are familiar, yet unfamiliar.

Kimberly works from her studio at the Inscape Arts building in Seattle WA. She shows on a regular basis between art walks, group shows, and juried shows. She has won multiple awards and honors including 1st place Award at EAFA’s International 2014 Juried Abstract Exhibition. She also regularly volunteers for Ryan James Gallery and the Frye Art Museum. She is represented by Ryan James Fine Arts in Kirkland, WA.


BFA/Fine Art Painting, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 2013



Installation Exhibition, Fixture Gallery, Bellingham, WA

Continuum, Fixture Gallery, Bellingham, WA

Launch Pad, Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA

Nature In the Balance, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

3rd Annual Art Auction, Anchor Art Space, Anacortes, WA

Awake, Hush Gallery, Seattle, WA

Whatcom Museum,Vanishing Ice, Bellingham, WA

CVG Show, Collective Vision Gallery, Bremerton, WA

Light Night, Larsen Gallery, Yakima, WA

Inscape Open Studios, Inscape Arts Building, Seattle, WA

Undertones,Group Exhibition, Addison Gallery, Seattle, WA

EAFA Members Show, Group Exhibition, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

EAFA 2014 Open Exhibition, Juried Group Exhibition, EAFA Gallery, Seattle, WA

EAFA 2015 Abstract Exhibition, Juried Group Exhibition, EAFA Gallery, Seattle, WA

Covenant Shores, EAFA Group Exhibition, Covenant Shores Gallery, Mercer Island, WA

Kirkland Summerfest, Juried Art Fair, Kirkland, WA

Contemporary Impressions, 3 person exhibition, TSUGA Fine Arts, Bothell, WA

Visual Impressions, juried exhibition, Ryan James Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA

Would Have Been Anyways, 4 person exhibition, Dakota Gallery, Bellingham, WA

4.2.NO, 4 person exhibition, Ryan James Gallery, Kirkland, WA

Interstate, juried show, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, WA


A Chemical Attraction, Lucia Douglas Gallery, Bellingham, WA

Beyond the Surface, Wallflower Gallery, West Seattle, WA

Linear Delusions , Studio 103 Tashiro Kaplan Building, Seattle, WA

Distant Realities, Axis Gallery, Settle, WA