"By sharing my love of nature in my paintings, I hope to inspire others to not only notice, but to cherish the wildlife and habitat in their own backyards. "

My first love is painting birds.  Maybe it's because I'm a musician and therefore very sensitive to sound, but I find total peace in listening to them call and sing, going about the daily business of being a bird. When watching them, I find my heart rate automatically drops as I become entirely absorbed in the observation of their behavior and interaction.

I have been asked if, on occasion I use a dead, frozen or mounted specimen for reference, but I seem to feel repelled by the absence of Life. I take a lot of reference photos but there is absolutely no substitute for time spent observing my subjects, absorbing the atmosphere on multiple levels.  Whether I am painting a bird, a mouse or a landscape, I am responding to the Life before me, Depicting the habitat in which my subjects are found is also a source of great joy for me.  I find bark, leaves, moss and lichen fascinating and that is probably a very good thing, considering the fact that I live near the Oregon coast!  When watching a bird or any form of wildlife, not only function but thrive in an in-tact environment, I feel a tremendous sense of peace. I just want to share my appreciation of the amazing and beautiful world in which we live and to express the joy I find in nature.  


Conservation Projects & Causes

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Reclamation of Montana Mining Property -  | Kimberly Wurster

Reclamation of Montana Mining Property

Restored and reclaimed mining property on Dry Cottonwood Creek in Deer Lodge County, Montana, for resident wildlife population (including elk breeding grounds) and developed spawning habitat for native West Slope Cutthroat Trout. 


<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Reclamation of Montana Ranch Land - Jefferson River, Waterloo, Montana | Kimberly Wurster

Reclamation of Montana Ranch Land

Co-owner of wetland properties in Montana, Bitterroot Valley and on the Jefferson River. The properties were reclaimed and developed for waterfowl and trout enhancement and production, working with the Montana Land Reliance. These projects were completed with Conservation Easements in place.