At the School of Fine Art, Auburn University, Kim earned a BFA with a concentration in graphic design. She then spent 10 years serving as a designer and senior graphic designer in several corporations in the engineering and technology industries. After relocating with her husband from Florida to New Jersey she enjoyed the flexibility of freelance work while raising their family. She has always had a drive to learn new ways of incorporating the things she loves into her work. In 2013-2014, she spent time developing more than ten surface/pattern collections and introduced them at the Surtex art licensing show in New York City. Many of these and additional ones are available for product licensing. She has always come back to painting, continuously exploring different approaches. She started out working extensively in watercolor in a style all her own but eventually expanded into acrylic and collage. This led to an opening into abstract expressionism and a soulful, intuitive practice.
“The paintings develop over time through layers of brush strokes, collage and mark-making using many types of tools. An intuitive sense of juxtaposition of color, line and texture guide my process. Although the work is largely abstract, I am excited when the shapes and marks seem to come together and sing. The deep and soaring emotions I feel at those times inspire me to keep working towards a life where painting might be the total focus of my career.“