Jett-Set Fashion’s Editor recently spoke with New York City artist, Kimberly Anthony. Kimberly discovered her love of art at a very young age and from then, she has developed into an extremely talented artist. Her one of a kind paintings are beautiful and unique. Check out this interview to learn more about Kimberly Anthony and be sure to check out her website at www.ka-art.com
TR- What is your favorite art form?
KA-I do not have a favorite art form ,as there are so many mediums…. it’s about what moves me, evokes a feeling or holds my attention and makes me think about it….
TR– How old were you when you knew you wanted to be an artists and how did you get started?
KA-I was always creative as a child, loved coloring and painting as early as 3 years old….art class was always my favorite in school…I just always did art as far back as I can remember. When I was deciding what college I would go to is when I decided I would take it on professionally, and went to the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale for commercial advertising and visual communications.
TR-What is your biggest accomplishment/what are you most proud of so far?
KA-Surviving as a freelance artist/painter in NYC…doing what I love and making a living of it, it’s pure nirvana…I feel like I am living the dream…even when it is hard and a struggle sometimes and selling to a hedge fund office, they loved my works and filled their office with my paintings.
TR-Where do you find inspiration?
KA-My daily experiences…people, places and things all inspire me…music I hear and the moods I feel, give me my inspiration
TR-Do you have art shows often?
KA-I have two shows coming up this August and September, I was showing at least once a year…but in the last few years have had a halt due to the economy, I did not think the climate was right for an art show.
TR– What is something new that you would like to try?
KA-As a painter I am always trying new techniques and keep evolving as a painter…but as far as a new medium, I would like to begin learning how to do upholstery for furniture…and try to have my paintings mass produced as prints instead of one of a kind, perhaps limited editions.
TR– What is your favorite piece of art? (it could be yours or another artist throughout history)
KA-That is a very difficult question to answer… to say I have a favorite? I did do a reproduction of a Hans Hoffman that I am very proud of.
TR– Do you incorporate art into other aspects of your life? (ex. what you wear, the way your house looks, etc.)
KA-I would say so, my apartment is my studio where I paint so it is truly incorporated, and many of my clothes have a drop or many drips of paint on them…but my life is that of an abstract artist. I see things not as everyone else does…through the eyes of an artist is to see life in a very different way…it is a gift that I am grateful for.
TR-When creating something new, do you have a special routine or ritual that helps you work to your full potential?
KA-Yes, I have empty canvas` on my easel now, I will stare at them for days before I approach them to actually paint. I see it or imagine what it could be, then just begin and let it happen without too much knowing what it will be. It is always a creative process, I channel energy and it happens…kind of like kenosis or a very relaxed state of mind…when I paint it is a true escape for me.