Hello there and thank you for taking the time to stop by my art blog. My name is Kimby and I am a former Registered Nurse whom worked in trauma and emergency for 15 years while living in San Francisco. I went on to get my Master of Science degree to further my education and career goals….but once I achieved this stature, as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care and trauma nursing, my interest and patience with the American health care arena waned sharply. I was stressed and burnt out and I wanted a change…..a BIG change, I just wasn’t sure how to go about it. Perhaps it was the classic ‘mid-life crisis’ as I was in my mid-late thirties when I became to awaken to different possibilities and ways to achieve my dreams. I was laid off from my job in December of 2009, two weeks before Christmas. I was devastated, to say the very least; however, what followed profoundly changed my life. I proceeded to take almost two years off completely from ALL paid work. I decided to heal myself and pursue my passions: writing, photography, and painting.
I had always been into art since I was a little girl however didn’t pick up a paint brush until 1999 after the death of my father. I sold a couple of paintings but just wasn’t committed to the process…I was too busy with life’s obligations. Several years later, I went through many tragedies and set backs….but ultimately….it was through, and because of, these struggles that I started to realize my dream: to become a successful artist.
I have been regularly painting (primarily oils however I have recently started to love learning about acrylics) for almost two years now. I started a blog and created and designed my very own website (www.FairesFineArt.com) to showcase my paintings and photography. (I had never created a blog nor a website before….it is not as difficult as one would think, btw) I am happy and proud to say that I have been selling my art all over the country. My dream is to one day paint full time. Until then, I will continue to work with underprivileged youth at a San Francisco non-profit agency, volunteer my time where needed, and love and adore my three legged Bengal cat, my obese silver tabby kitty, and my precious Rat Terrier: Benny Hill.
I may be a starving artist but I can tell you this much: I have never felt as happy, relatively stress free, nor FREE in general. I am not working for “The Man” and I am my own boss when it comes to how, what, and when I will paint. I am more personally fulfilled than I have ever been and I can honestly say that I am proud of myself for beginning to realize my dream. It takes work, lots of practice (everyday) and dedication but it is sooo… very worth it.
On my Faires Fine Art blog I share my paintings and photography. I write about art, my painting process (I often show progression photos as to how I completed a particular piece), poetry, and some of my daily musings. I hope you enjoy reading and viewing my blog….and check out my website when you get a chance http://www.FairesFineArt.com.
Blessings to you!
k i m b y