Kim’s artistic career started when she left school at 15 and joined world famous ceramics company Royal Doulton as an apprentice ‘Paintress’. For those of you not familiar with Stoke-on-Trent and ‘The Potteries’, a Paintress was someone who hand painted figurines, ‘flatware’ such as plates and character or ‘Toby’ jugs.
After serving her apprenticeship, Kim worked in ‘the Pots’ as the industry is known locally, for most of her career, moving between many well-known studios such as Aynsley China and Wedgwood. Kim mainly painted figurines, honing her ability to paint unbelievably thin strokes of vivid colour combined with complex patterns and subtle shading.
As history records, the Pots were beginning to die out in the 70’s as potteries started to introduce lithographs (transfers) and outsource work abroad to cut costs. Kim became a freelance Paintress working from her home studio for several years before finally moving on to other work as the demand for hand painted figurines declined.
Although no longer working as a professional ceramic artist, Kim channelled her creative energy into becoming a talented watercolourist and then expanded her media to include Oils and Acrylics.
Throughout Kim’s life she has been drawn to nature, to the sea and more specifically to the beautiful coastline of Cornwall, she says, as a young girl, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up her answer was invariably ‘a mermaid’!
Kim’s art is inspired by the ethereal influences of the coastal landscape and the constant brooding presence of the Atlantic Ocean.
A lot of the art you see in Cornwall is very ‘blue and yellow’ reflecting the fabulous sunshine and wonderful golden beaches, however for those fortunate to live here all year, each season brings its own bounty.
The breath-taking storms, the brooding sky, the fury of the ocean and the translucent green of the waves which the amazing light brings us even in winter are equally inspiring.
Visit her studio to see the artist at work and view a wide variety of works including oil and acrylic paintings as well as pieces created with beachcombed driftwood, sea glass and pebbles.