There really is nothing better for you to have as an aspiring artist than resourcefulness, determination and an ability to learn. If you know a little about a lot of things-repairing things, handcrafting skills and how to fumble your way about the internet or library- you have the right tools you need to invent. That’s right, create something from nothing. Put your own twist on things. Humble little bits and pieces you find at the local flea or thrift shop or on the beach or mountain trails. This is what I’ve discovered.
My real life changing path came in 2008 with the birth of my first & only child. At the age of 42, definitely a game changer for me! I left my work as a merchandiser and designer at a high-end home furnishings store and never looked back. I took with me an abundance of knowledge and appreciation of art and design and about 1000 discontinued fabric and leather samples. I was on a mission to save this abundance of materials and begin this creative journey. My heart was speaking to me now and I couldn’t ignore this strong feeling that “now’s your time to really work hard for yourself, to help and inspire others” and “this is what you were meant to do”.
So, in actually taking on the role of an artist and being able to stand proudly today is the direct result of shear determination, resourcefulness and a can-do attitude.
“To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk” Thomas A. Edison
“Follow your Curiosity!” Elizabeth Gilbert
Kim Bauer – Artist Bio
Kim is a self-taught artist and lifelong crafter with a well trained eye for beauty and interior design. Her art is inspired by her love of nature and influenced by “making-do” with found or thrifted resources. Leaving a light footprint behind her is important as she honours the most humblest of materials in her art.
She enjoys exploring different techniques and the freedom of mixing up her mediums. You’ll see lots of texture, torn or frayed materials in her work as well as “frottage”-graphite rubbings or transfers from natural objects or Grandmas’ button box treasures.
She is continually learning and evolving as an artist. She hopes to help others create art for themselves by teaching her techniques in local classes.
Kim lives in West Kelowna, B.C. in the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley with her husband and son.