Kyle Sims was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. At 18, he ventured off to college in Billings, Montana, where he received his bachelor’s degree in art. Obsessed with depicting the natural environment around him, he began taking workshops at the age of 16. Those workshops enabled him to meet Dan Smith and Paco and Toni Young, who nurtured his development. Paco encouraged Sims to paint from life, which influenced Sims’ work immensely.
Every year, Sims’ tastes in painting and art continue to evolve. The best part of all of this, he says, is getting out and observing wildlife firsthand. He travels the West to observe, sketch, and photograph animals in order to bring them to life on canvas.
At his first Prix de West, Sims was awarded the Major General and Mrs. Don. D. Pittman Wildlife Award. In 2005, he was awarded the Wildlife Award at the former Arts for the Parks competition. During that same time, he was awarded the Distinguished Young Artist Award from the Society of Animal Artists.