Illustration of Elven woman walking in woods with cloak on

Kimberly Kincaid (1954-2016)

Photo of artists Kimberly Kincaid working

Kimberly Kincaid at work.

It’s like a slap in the face by mortality when someone you know pass away. Yesterday the illustration community lost one of our own; not just that – the world lost an incredible artist; Kimberly Kincaid.

Kimberly was one of the first women I had the pleasure of interviewing for the Women in Fantasy Illustration series. She was a warm and gentle soul, and as evidenced my news feed on Facebook, that is now filled with her artwork, she touched us all deeply with her kind person and incredible work.

Words feel hollow in this situation but I wanted to commemorate her here, she was someone I looked up to and someone whose artwork always stole my breath away. She also offered wonderful advice to young artists and colleagues, she was one of those nurturing souls who made you feel everything was going to be alright.

Dan Dos Santos wrote up a beautiful post on her on Muddy Colors, you can find it here: Kim Kincaid

Rest in peace Kimberly, you are missed.

It’s okay to be grateful and humble about your craft, but there is a point where second guessing your work can shackle you and sabotage your dreams.`` - Kimberly Kincaid
Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.


  • Lori Hamilton

    28.04.2016 at 15:09 Reply

    I can’t believe this! I just “found” her a couple of years ago and love her work. Was it sudden or had she been ill? Praying for her family in their loss.

    • Kiri

      02.05.2016 at 10:28 Reply

      Hi Lori,
      It’s just awful, it was sudden too. She fell ill about a week before with some kidney issues.

Leave a Reply