Walking into a room and seeing a Kimberly Adams painting on the wall is bound to stop you in your tracks. It’s not just that the colors ignite the space or that the images dance with light and energy, it’s that they transport you to another world. Nearly every one of Kimberly’s impressionistic canvases offers you a pathway to a better place where joy, happiness, and positive energy await you. “In a culture full of stress and chaos,” says the artist, “painting is my way of encouraging people to stop, pause, and enjoy the moment.”
"...painting is my way of encouraging people to stop, pause, and enjoy the moment.”
Following in the footsteps of the Impressionists of old, Kimberly applies dozens of daubs of paint to every canvas, allowing the pure, vibrant pigments to visually blend on the surface and in the viewer’s eye. But she adds her own modern twist to the process by painting only with her fingertips. “Finger painting feels natural,” notes the artist. “I’m not obstructed by tools. When I use only my fingers, I feel I have more control on how to apply and move the paint.” And move it she does! To watch Kimberly paint is to understand where the joy and energy come from. Her hands literally dance across the canvas, sometimes blending the colors to create dimension and depth and sometimes allowing the paint to remain untouched, adding rich texture to the image’s surface.
Like so many artists, Kimberly loved art from a young age but initially chose a “safer” professional path, in her case, a successful career in retail that spanned more than 20 years. But eventually the lure of painting proved irresistible. “I found myself feeling unfulfilled,” she reflects, “and every year it became harder and harder to create the energy I needed to stay passionate about my career. I realized something had to change. I could no longer force myself to work in a job that didn’t reflect who I was as a person.” Kimberly embarked on a journey of discovery, studying the work of other artists past and present—everyone from Claude Monet to Iris Scott, Zaria Forman, Andre Kohn, and Josh Miels—and exploring and mastering her own techniques in her studio. Adds the artist, “The moment I made the decision to pursue art, I knew it was right. I now have an incredible amount of energy that helps me overcome obstacles, and I feel happier, healthier and closer to my family than ever.”
When it came time to launch her professional art career, she relied on her self-confidence and business acumen to chart her own course, and the results have been remarkable. In just a few short years, through bricks-and-mortar and online galleries, her work has been collected into hundreds of private collections, and in fact, she has become one of the top-selling artists on iCanvas.com. Yet she claims that her greatest achievements lie in the direction she’s given other artists through her teaching and the new art instruction book she’s co-authored, which will publish in 2017. “I feel I grow as an artist with each class, as I learn from the students as much as I share my knowledge,” she notes. Kimberly also thrives on encouraging other aspiring artists to pursue their dreams, which is why she enjoys serving as a board member for Kirkland’s Parklane Gallery as well as the chair of the Kirkland Art Walk.
Kimberly is currently represented by Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, Washington, and at Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Washington. Canvas reproductions of her works are also available on iCanvas.com.
For more information about the artist, her classes, and available works, please contact Kimberly directly at firstname.lastname@example.org