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“It is my hope that when you view my painting from across the room you can easily see what the subject is, then, upon closer inspection, you find yourself lost in the brushwork.”

After graduating with a fine arts degree in illustration from the California College of the Arts in Oakland California Kim worked as a graphic designer for 11 years. She left the design field to begin a new venture, motherhood. Needing a creative outlet after her son was born Kim began painting. Today she paints in the studio as well as en plein air (painting outdoors).

She began painting en plein air because it combined her love of being outside and creating art. "I enjoy the challenges plein air painting poses. Dealing with the weather, changing light and the other hurdles of outdoor painting has forced me to learn to make decisions quickly, to paint with commitment and…

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  • Born on February 18
  • Joined October 26, 2006

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“It is my hope that when you view my painting from across the room you can easily see what the subject is, then, upon closer inspection, you find yourself lost in the brushwork.”

After graduating with a fine arts degree in illustration from the California College of the Arts in Oakland California Kim worked as a graphic designer for 11 years. She left the design field to begin a new venture, motherhood. Needing a creative outlet after her son was born Kim began painting. Today she paints in the studio as well as en plein air (painting outdoors).

She began painting en plein air because it combined her love of being outside and creating art. "I enjoy the challenges plein air painting poses. Dealing with the weather, changing light and the other hurdles of outdoor painting has forced me to learn to make decisions quickly, to paint with commitment and above all, to have a plan for each painting." Kim feels that her plein air work has, in turn, strengthened her studio paintings.

Art Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, 1993

Awards
2010 Paint American Top 100
2011 Juried into the Salon International at Greenhouse Gallery
2011 Finalist for the American Artists Magazine Cover Competition
2011 Finalist RayMar Art June Competition
2011 Finalist for The Artists Magazine Interior/Exterior Competition
2011 Honorable Mention 6 Squared Exhibition
2012 3rd Place Award at the Chemers Gallery Scenes of Tustin Show
2012 3rd Place Award at the Laguna Plein Air Painters 8th Annual Best of Plein Air Show
2012 2nd Place Award at the Holiday Treasures Show at Debra Huse Gallery
2013 3rd Place Award at the LPAPA Less is More show at Randy Higbee Gallery
2013 Gallery Award Laguna Plein Air Invitational
2013 3rd Place Daily Paintworks Monthly Painting Competition
2013 6" Squared Award at the Randy Higbee Gallery
2013 Judge's Choice Daily Paintworks Monthly Painting Competition

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