About the Artist Although her early years' training began in charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, and oil paint, Kim has enthusiasm for graphite medium above all. As a student at Kansas State University, her Senior Show included pastel and graphite works of art. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Kim's pursuits led her to graphic design using learned skills in art directing. Her passion for fine art continued throughout the years as she received commissioned art opportunities including murals in homes and businesses. Her discoveries of new graphite tools led her to take pencil to a whole new level defined as “Extreme Graphite.” She developed a technique of smooth, precisionist saturation of tones influenced by Charles Sheeler’s drawings and other modern American artists from the late 1920s and 1930s, including women artist like Mable Dwight. Using loose graphite applied with a brush, erasers model subtle delineation in delicate values. Compositions take form when graphite sticks create contrasting shapes and small paint brushes soften edges as if painted.
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