If it Fits with Your Life
What is it like to be a mom and an artist? When does being an artist qualify as a "real" job? What can you do to become more productive and prolific in your life? If any of these topics resonate with you, you’ll love my guest today! I am interviewing Kim VanDerHoek!
Kim is an American contemporary fine artist who creates vibrant, textural oil paintings of landscapes and urban scenes in her Southern California studio. Born in Southern California and raised in the mountains of Big Bear City, Kim spent many hours as a child climbing trees, sledding down snow-covered hills, horseback riding and hiking through the woods. Surrounded by the wild beauty of the forest Kim developed an early appreciation for the outdoors and a fascination for urban environments, which she continues to explore today through painting. She learned to paint by painting en Plein Air because it combined her love of being outside, creating art and studying from life. Kim feels that through Plein Air painting she has gained a better understanding of the effects of light and atmosphere. She aims to translate those effects into her studio paintings.
In this conversation, Kim shares about how she dealt with the initial grief of the pandemic, what the artist life is like for a mother of young children, what the artist life is like for a mother of teens, and the importance of having time for yourself and your creative outlet. Kim also expresses the importance of not placing "shoulds" on yourself or others. There is so much to learn about life and art in this podcast! Grab your coffee and enjoy!
"We can't control a lot of things, but we can control showing up to our easel and doing the best that we can with what we know how, right now."
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