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 many museums in NYC with her mother and aunt. She received a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design, after which, she began a 25 year career as a textile designer.
After a few years of working as a textile 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 and moved to Loudoun County, VA to be near family. Kim continued to design fabric while her children were small. By that time, textile design was mainly done on the computer, and Kim 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.
Member of the ValeArts group, Loudoun Arts Council, and Artists in Middleburg Gallery. Executive Board member of the Loudoun Sketch Club.