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.
Words from my Models
“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
“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
“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