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“Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.” ~Albert Einstein

This quote from Albert Einstein encompasses what it is like for me as an artist. This quote connects me to a greater purpose than simply putting paint on my canvas or clicking my shutter. I feel a personal calling as an artist to invite you into this place of beauty and creativity. Thank you for being here and taking the time to learn more about me. My name is Kim Zahnow. I live in Saugatuck, Michigan. There are endless moments throughout my life where I felt a powerful connection with art. As a child I was introduced to art by my grandmother whom always had a project she was creating. I loved the feeling of being included when she would hold me in her lap and help me hold the scissors. As a social worker I found a way to connect and give moments of healing through art. In my darkest hours, art was my personal lifeline. I have over 25 years of photography and encaustic painting experience. I would like to use my art and my blog to share these beautiful stories that I have experienced. I invite you into this place of creativity and beauty. Thank you for being here.


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“We’ve been fortunate enough to have Kim Zahnow photograph for us.  There’s always at least one belly-busting, laugh-out-loud moment that leaves you with a sense of fun and adventure. Michelle and I have followed her work… it’s broad, and she’s exceptional at everything she touches. Amazing portraits, landscapes, fireworks, rock bands, micro lens shots… everything. Kim is a lovely, positive person to be around. So when we had the chance to invite a photographer with us on our trip to a Nicaraguan coffee farm, Kim was our first choice. We knew she would capture something essential about the place and the people. She was tireless, getting down on the floor with the kids, climbing up buildings to catch coffee processing shots, trudging through the underbrush of a tropical rainforest, and always finding the humanity and the spark in the people she photographed. Plus, she was a just a lot of fun to be with. Very easy going, ready for every adventure, and always kind and generous. Her work was majestic. We are thrilled with the images… they tell the story of the place and the people in a way that is fundamental and true. Kim Zahnow is bright light in the world. She’s a huge talent and we are looking forward to working with her on many, many more projects in the future!” ~Bob Fish, CEO and Founder Biggby Coffee