Most artists will tell you they have been drawing and painting since they could hold a pencil, and Kim T. Richards is no different. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and was fortunate to have many opportunities to visit the many wonderful museums in New York City at a young age. She attended Parsons School of Design as an illustration major. At that time, the illustration department focused on the traditional drawing and painting skills which laid the foundation for everything Kim has done since.
After college, Kim worked for more than 25 years as a textile designer. In the early days of her career, she used gouache (opaque watercolor) to hand paint her designs. Gouache is still an important sketching material for Kim, and she considers it her “thinking medium.” Eventually, computers became her main design tool, and Kim began to miss her paint. She enrolled in weekend acrylic painting classes at a local art center, and painting quickly became an obsession. Eventually, Kim left her textile design career to devote herself to fine art.
Membership in the Loudoun Sketch Club introduced her to the joys and challenges of painting outdoors. Acrylic paint tends to dry too quickly outdoors, so Kim learned a solvent-free oil painting technique, and now uses both acrylic and oil for her work. Kim likes the immediacy and ease of using acrylics, but also loves the textural qualities and richness of oil paint and continues to work in both mediums.
Kim’s work can be seen in juried art shows, and private collections throughout the United States. Kim teaches painting and drawing classes at her studio in Leesburg.