Kim Shaw’s early profession was graphic artist. After purchasing her first home in Elk Grove 25 years ago, she began exploring faux finishing, muraling and stenciling which turned into a mid-life profession. Her personal favorite and most requested themes were tropical, ocean and trompe l’oeil scenes. Kim belonged to River City Decorative Artists until the group disbanded.
After retiring from the ladder to raise her twin grandsons full-time, Kim began exploring watercolor, mixed media and recently, poured acrylic paintings. Poured paintings use a variety of additives as a catalyst to cause reactions in the paint, which produce color blending and the formation of cells and patterns. Paint can be further manipulated with palette knives, blown air and heat torches. In addition to the paintings, she uses poured paintings to create original jewelry. Kim still favors ocean inspired colors and themes, often adding sea turtles and other elements to the paintings. In addition to painting, Kim can be found photographing the wildlife and nature of area parks and nature trails.
Kim is very excited to join the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center and has added to her personal collection from the other members artwork.