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October 2018 - Kim VanDerHoek

Kim VanDerHoek




Kim VanDerHoek, a contemporary fine artist who creates current, vibrant paintings in oil.

Born in Southern California and raised in Big Bear City, Kim spent many hours as a child climbing trees, sledding down snow-covered hills, horseback riding and hiking through the woods. Surrounded by the wild beauty of the forest Kim developed an early appreciation for the outdoors, which she continues to explore today through painting.

After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of 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 pursue a career as a full-time painter.

She learned to paint by 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 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 through Plein Air painting she has gained a better understanding of the effects of light and atmosphere. She aims to translate those effects into her studio paintings. Currently, she is working on a series documenting the L.A. River and it’s historic bridges.

"It is my hope that when you view my painting from across the room the large shapes make a strong visual statement and you can easily see what the subject is, then, upon closer inspection, you find yourself lost in the brushwork."

Kim is a juried artist member of the California Art Club (CAC), a member of the American Impressionist Society (AIS) and a member of the American Women Artists (AWA). She is a "Gamblin Workshop Instructor" and a highly sought after painting instructor who teaches weekly classes in Orange County, California.

Kim is represented by Chemers Gallery in Tustin, California and The Harbour Gallery in Portscatho, Cornwall, U.K.










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