Artist Kim Painter

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In nature light makes the color, and in painting color makes the light. My medium of choice is oil because I think it works best to show light and atmosphere with the most tone and range. My approach to painting is generally characterized as Tonalism. If you're wondering what Tonalism is, you are not alone. Tonalism isn't as well known as Impressionism, Expressionism, Realism, Abstract or most any other defined art movement. Tonalism emphases color, line and shape without narrative as a way of communicating visual harmony and spirituality. By working within a carefully chosen palette of closely related colors, Tonalists aspire to emulate musicality and inspire contemplation. By arranging color and forms, they believed that landscapes could evoke emotion and suggest deep, cosmic harmonies.
My current focus is to use the Tonalist approach in expressing the spiritual naturalism I see and feel in these southern coastal lands. I find influence and beauty in the everyday atmospheric conditions; sunrises and sunsets, the misty rain or the sweltering heat. I strive to convey and invoke a sense of calmness and serenity for the viewer because that is what I want for my own environment. 
I began loving and appreciating art at an early age. I spent most of my childhood in South Carolina or just over the border in North Carolina in rural or suburban surroundings. As a child I adored spending time exploring nature. I studied graphic design in college then worked almost 30 years in different aspects of corporate America. While I enjoyed most of that time, I yearned to go back to what I was meant to do. I've recently made the transition painting full time. 
I like to consider myself a lifetime learner and have attended workshops and studied with artists and art teachers I greatly admire; Elizabeth Ross and Airy Knoll Art Farm, Nancy Bush, [...]

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