Kyle grew up in a military family moving frequently across the US. His family eventually settled in Bay County, Florida. At an early age he showed great interest in art and music, beginning piano at age 7. A 2010 graduate from Belmont University in Nashville, TN; he received his BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting. He was privileged to study art abroad in Florence, Italy. He toured Japan on his own to study Nihonga; traditional Japanese painting. After college, he stayed in Nashville apprenticing with renowned sculptor and painter Anton Weiss; a professional artist for over 55 years. As a part of Springhouse Gallery of Smyrna, TN for two years, he received awards such as the “Visionary Award”, the “Best of Show”, and the“People’s Choice”.
During his time in Nashville, he also worked as a concept artist for Rabbit Hole Creative; an animation and media studio. There he worked with clients such as Hyundai, Telemundo, and electronic musician, Bassnectar. Even while living in Nashville, Kyle always felt a great connection to the Florida panhandle; a place he considers home. Through a series of music opportunities, he started the journey to relocate to this area. He began as an artist assistant; working closely with Justin Gaffrey. Now, he is full-time in his own art and music career as Kyle Paxton Studio.
Kyle’s work is a blend of styles. It derives from his appreciation of traditional disciplines and techniques; such as proportion, perspective, and oil glazing; while also adding more contemporary aesthetics of an impressionistic use of color, observation of light, and non-objective concepts of composition. He is not only concerned with technical excellence, but in connecting and benefiting others with his work. He is known for connecting faith and art, exemplified in his exhibit “Life to Life.” Kyle creates his work not simply for beauty on the canvas, but for the beauty of each other; to benefit the souls of all who see his work.