Kim VanDerHoek, Orange Member Since March 2012 Artist Statement Kim 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 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 pursue a career as a full-time painter. 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 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.
"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."
Kim is a signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), a member of the American Impressionist Society (AIS), a member of the Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SOCALPAPA), and an Artists member of the California Art Club (CAC).
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 Raymar Art Finalist, June 2011 Finalist in the Artist's Magazine Landscape/Interior Competition 2014 Raymar Art Finalist, December 2015 Best of Show, Southern California Plein Air Painters Assoc. OC Fair Paintout
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