MY WORK

from my Title IX Daughters series

the Serve

the Serve

Focused

Focused

Heroic

Heroic

Fierce

Fierce

Faithful

Faithful

Tenacious

Tenacious

Committed

Committed

Match Point

Match Point

Stamina

Stamina

ABOUT ME

Art and Design

I have had a long and rewarding career as a creative professional, receiving my degree in Graphic Design from Cal Poly, SLO in California. But as technology took over the design field, I found myself retreating to the pen and brush to refuel and reconnect with my original passion for creating art. Ultimately, I realized that, as much as I enjoy the many advantages technology has to offer the visual artist, I love the rewards of using traditional techniques and tools. I received my fine art training through the atelier method which focuses on classical drawing and painting skills. I have also had the great privilege of studying Munsell color theory with realist painter, Graydon Parrish, at the Bay Area Classical Artists Atelier.

Inspiration and Influence

I was among the first generation of women to benefit from the implementation of Title IX, leading me to a lifetime of fitness. Among my many sports, I have been a competitive swimmer, runner, and triathlete. The only brief interruption in my active life has been the births of my two daughters who became my first models. From these first sessions with my own daughters, it became clear that there were not many representations of today's active women as the subject of contemporary figurative work in the fine art world.

Perspiration and Motivation

The result is a series of paintings of heroic, athletic young women. I want to create images that inspire and influence the pursuit of engaged and active lifestyles, as well as thoughtful dialogue about positive body image for all.

Kim Ferrell
courageous

Words from my Models

 

Ana

“I think this series of paintings is so incredibly necessary because it shows beauty in being strong, especially as a woman. Growing up, there were very few women that were considered beautiful because of their physical strength. I admire Kim’s work because it celebrates women with muscle who have worked hard to stay healthy and achieve their goals.”

Ana
Vivienne

“Kim’s art does an excellent job of portraying images of healthy, strong athletes. Representation of women in the media seems so limited to such a specific body type. To see images of women that reflect true muscle definition and strength as a form of beauty is such an empowering thing. These paintings perfectly emulate what a healthy lifestyle means and uncovers a new meaning of the word ‘beauty’ that should be shared with women of all ages.”

Vivienne
Ilish

“Seeing yourself in painting form is an out of body experience. It makes you appreciate your body and your strength, something that is hard to come by today when looking in the mirror. Modern culture says beauty comes in skinny, but this collection shows that beauty comes in strength. I see strength and power in myself when looking at this painting, and it is important for others to see women portrayed as such.”

Ilish

Studio News

Salon at the Triton | 2017 2-D Competition & Exhibition

My portrait of "Maggie & Cody" was selected for the Triton Museum's 2017 Salon Show in Santa Clara. This is my second year having a painting selected and I am thrilled. The show celebrates talent from throughout California and features many artists from my region. Maggie and her dog Cody represent one of 95 selected works from over 1200 submissions. Thank you Dan and Joanie Darroch for their incredible support and for allowing me to borrow the artwork for it's public debut at this beautiful museum. The artist reception will be held Sunday, March 12, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Come take a look! The Triton Museum is free to the public and open Tuesday through Sundays, 10am to 5pm.

Portrait of Maggie & Cody

Reddot Blog & Xanadu Gallery | Scottsdale, Arizona

I am excited to start a mentorship opportunity with Jason Horejs of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. This mentorship will provide me with the opportunity to explore the art business from the inside out. I will be working with Jason and Phyllis to explore every aspect of the art business and artistic practices with the goal of gaining experience, optimizing my exposure, and facilitating sales. This is an online course offered by Reddot Blog and registered attendees will get to follow along and put what we learn into practice to improve their own art business. All of the sessions will be broadcast, recorded, and archived.

Emerald C Gallery Coronado California

Salon at the Triton | 2016 2-D Competition & Exhibition

My portrait of "Matti" was selected for the Triton Museum's 2016 Salon Show in Santa Clara. This was my first experience with an Artists Reception and I enjoyed sharing the excitement with my supportive family, especially my girls. The entire show was really incredible, showcasing talent from throughout California and featuring many artists from my region. Matti's badass portrait was selected from among 4000+ submissions and ultimately featured with 114 other California artists working in a broad variety of mediums and styles. The museum is free to the public and open Tuesday through Sundays, 10am to 5pm.

Portrait of Matti

Cruz Boys Portrait | Commissioned by Maria Gloria Morenco

Maria provided me with beautiful photographs she took of her husband and children. The scene is a favorite vacation spot in their second home of Costa Rica, called Playa Blanca. As is typical of family photos every image had a great shot of at least one of the boys, but not all of them. The final figures were selected from the series of photos she supplied. I created a single rough image from three photos in Photoshop and made a reference print. Generally I would take my own reference photos but the dramatic sky and the quality of the images allowed me to make an exception. The final portrait is 36" x 30", oil on canvas.

Portrait of Matti

from theTAB | article

This story from the TAB; and in full disclosure, was written by my daughter Jamie; is about my work! It is always interesting and inspiring to hear from women, whether they are subjects, viewers, writers, or even critics.

Thank you Jamie.

 

Sketch of Vivienne

CONTACT ME

Please contact me for more information.

I am happy to answer questions about my work and I am available for commissioned portraiture.