Color in the Details
Like most artists, Kim spent most of her childhood obsessed with art. She grew up in Brooklyn NY, where she frequently went on excursions to the Brooklyn Museum with her mother and aunt. With every visit, she found herself racing out of the spooky period rooms to find solace with the paintings. She received a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design, where she sadly did not have the opportunity to take any classes with Tim Gunn.
After a few years of working as a print designer in New York City’s garment district, she moved to San Francisco. The climate of the Bay Area is conducive to being outdoors most of the year, and she spent many weekends hiking and riding her bike throughout the region. After meeting her husband on one of those hilly rides, they left their hearts in the Bay area (probably somewhere near the redwoods on Mt. Tamalpais) and moved to Loudoun County, VA to be near family. Kim continued to design fabric while her children were small, but began to miss her paintbrushes. After many happy weekends spent at the now closed and dearly missed Art Square in Leesburg, Kim decided to make painting her main focus, and closed the doors on her print designing days.
Her years of designing for fabric are still an influence on her work. Texture, color and pattern are all a strong driving force in her paintings. Flowers were a frequent design element for her, and they still figure prominently in her work. When not in the studio, you can often find Kim in her backyard garden, which she is working to fill with all the flowers she loves to paint, or painting outdoors with the Loudoun Sketch Club. Wherever she goes, she looks for inspiration all around her, whether it is on a hike, out with the Loudoun Sketch Club, or in her own backyard.
It all comes back to color. I am drawn to bold, vibrant color, and am fascinated by the way colors work together to evoke emotion and mood. While out walking, the color of a flower can stop me in my tracks. Back in the studio, I sketch, and paint, trying to bring that excitement to the canvas. I often start my paintings in a furious flurry of brushwork, creating texture and laying in color. These early abstracted beginnings often peek through subsequent layers and become integral parts of the finished painting. As I paint, I begin to slow down, and my brushstrokes become more focused and purposeful. A lifetime can be spent exploring color relationships, and it is my intention to do exactly that. Along the way, my wish is for my art to bring as much joy to others as creating it has brought to me.
Shows and exhibitions:
Loudoun Sketch Club Land Trust Show - Oct.
Art at the Mill Fall show Sept- Oct
Waterford Fair Fine Art Show - Oct - An Unexpected Treasure wins third prize for acrylics
Ridgetop Coffee and Tea - solo show - June -July 2017
Artists in Middleburg gallery, Chaos exhibit, Middleburg VA, Feb.-March
May-June - Blooming Blossoms
Sept-Oct - Members Show - Honorable mention for En La Citta
TRYST gallery - Winter's Tale exhibit, Leesburg VA, Feb. - March
Mason Enterprise Center with the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts - April - June
Loudoun Sketch Club Member Show, Franklin Park Arts Center - May 4 - 21
Art at the Mill - Burwell-Morgan Mill, Millwood VA
April 28-May 8, Spring Show
Oct. 1-18, Fall show
Artists in Middleburg gallery, Middleburg, VA -
Nov-Dec, Chaos Exhibit
Aug. - Sept. Fur and Feather Exhibit
June - July, Something Red Exhibit
Belmont Chase Artisan Festival, Ashburn, VA - June 25, 2016
Friends of Leesburg Public Arts pop up gallery, Leesburg, VA - April - June
Four Seasons of Oatlands Art Show and Sale, Leesburg, VA
Hunt Country Harvest Ball and Art Show, Salamander Resort, Middleburg VA Nov.
Loudoun Sketch Club show at the Aldie Mill, Aldie, VA - Oct 14-16
Piedmont Regional art show and sale, The Plains, VA - May 20-22
Purcellville Art and Music Festival, Purcellville VA - May 21
TRYST gallery, Leesburg VA
Dec - Jan. Winter’s Tale Exhibit
Oct.- Nov. Next Exhibition
Waterford Fair, Waterford, VA Oct. 7-9
Art at the Mill, Burwell-Morgan Mill, Milwood, VA - Oct. 3 - 18
Spring show - April-May
Fall Show - Oct. - Nov.
Four Seasons at Oatlands. the Carriage House at Oatlands, Leesburg ,VA. July
Giraffe 2014 wins second prize among the animal paintings.
Member of the Loudoun Arts Council, Loudoun Sketch Club and Artists in Middleburg