“I could ask for no better muse than Northeast Minnesota,” says artist Kim Dayton, whose show Arrowhead Abstracted: Paintings and Mixed Media Works will be on display through January 11 in the Aquarium’s Merrill Lynch Fine Arts Gallery.
Dayton’s impressionist landscapes combine multiple media, including acrylic paint, watercolor, ink, and paper. Some more adventurous works integrate nontraditional materials, such as plant matter, coffee, fabric, and metal.
Dayton was raised in Kansas but relocated to Minnesota in 2003. She splits her time between Minneapolis and Onagon Lake at the end of the Gunflint Trail. Dayton considers Highway 61 and the Gunflint Trail to be the most scenic drives in the country.
She is particularly interested in effects of fire on the natural environment, and much of her recent work explores impacts of the 2007 Ham Lake Fire in the Superior Natural Forest.
Prints from her featured work are available for purchase in the Explorers Cove gift store at the Aquarium and all of Dayton’s pieces are for sale in the gallery. You can follow more of Dayton’s work on her Instagram page @gunflintlove.