Kim Dane lives and works in Marquette Michigan, where she has been a resident since 2012. Born in Beloit, Wisconsin, she received a BFA in 1976 from Parsons School of Design, Fashion Design, New York City. She began her artistic career working at the Metropolitan Museum in the Costume Institute for Diana Vreeland (Diaghilev Exhibition “Costumes/Designs of the Ballet Russes”). She also worked on costumes for Mick Jagger’s ‘76 Rolling Stones Tour and established her own design company, Kim-Zee Dane. Her unique hand-made evening wear were often featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Woman’s Wear Daily. This led to hand painted fabric commissions which included both the newly built Trump Tower’s model apartment and the annual South Hampton Showcase House.

Moving to New Mexico in the late 1980’s with her family, Kim decided to take up her real love: figurative painting. From the beginning, her paintings carried such a likeness to her models that requests for her figurative painting style for personal portraits ensued. Kim, who gravitates to the internal wildish psyche in her subjects, blurs the line between figurative painting and portrait art. She captures the mystique of that gap between life and art.

In 1999, missing the city life, Kim with her daughter Keisha moved to Los Angeles where she bought an 1886 Victorian house and worked on it, in it, and with it (as a film location house) for ten years. During that time she also exhibited several times at La Luz de Jesus Gallery and Bert Green Gallery and was invited to be in the benefit for the Whitney Museum “Where Fashion Meets Art” in New York. Kim’s work has also been displayed in other media. She created paintings and drawings for the “Claire” character on HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” as well as for other TV shows and commercials.