Kim Felts is passionate about being an artist, as she creates artwork inside her studio overlooking the beautiful hill country, located on the outskirts of Boerne, Texas. She has discovered her calling in life, but it didn’t come about in a conventional way.
As a child, Kim enjoyed drawing and was encouraged by a high school art teacher to utilize her talent in some capacity. It wasn’t until she attended Texas State University that she enrolled in an art class that introduced her to watercolor and figure drawing while obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. After graduating, she devoted the next three decades to raising four sons, with no thoughts of becoming an artist.
It was in 2013, when she was contemplating a job change that her husband noticed some sketches that she had been drawing in the evenings. Impressed by her natural talent, he suggested that she pursue a full-time career as an artist. Knowing it would take more than an ability to sketch, she immersed herself in studying and learning from artists that graciously and generously shared their knowledge, technique, and art experiences through websites and blogs. With a quick trial in colored pencil, then pastel, and acrylic, she finally tried her hand at oil painting. This was the beginning of a passionate pursuit.
Realism (or naturalism) in the arts is the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, implausible, exotic and supernatural elements. This seemed to be her natural way of translating life onto canvas. Painting in thin layers to achieve desired hues and tones while focusing heavily on the emotion of the subject, she has found her way into a place she feels she was meant to be.
With a fascination in God’s incredible creation and plan that places people in circumstances we cannot wrap our brains around she is driven to seek out subjects reflecting parts of this plan. She captures beauty and plight striving for truth and accuracy in her work. In addition to figurative works, still life, and landscapes, Kim has painted commissioned portraits for clients as well.