Kim VanDerHoek, Orange Member Since March 2012 Artist Statement “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.
Kim is a member of the Orange Art Association (OAA), the Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SOCALPAPA), the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) the Oil Painters of America (OPA).
Art Education Bachelor of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, 1993 Ken Auster Workshop, November 2008 Greg LaRock Workshop, August 2008 Greg LaRock Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, June 2010
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 Raymar Art Finalist, June 2011 Finalist in the Artist's Magazine Landscape/Interior Competition 2011 6" Squared Award at the Randy Higbee Gallery
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Classes I teach weekly oil painting classes for beginning to intermediate level students. One class is held in the studio and the other is a plein air (outdoor) oil painting class.
Monday nights (in studio) 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Santa Ana Thursdays (plein air) 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 in Orange County, CA