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Tread Softly Ink is so pleased to feature one of its own, internationally-renowned fine artist and muralist, Kim Fay, as part of this week’s Online Interview Series.
At an early age, Kim developed a penchant for painting on the walls of her house, which caused reluctant amusement from her mother, and this soon developed into a precocious obsession with various mediums at hand. Today, at her studio in Palm Beach, Florida, Kim continues to use painting, drawing, murals, and mixed media to create stunning images meant to reflect the beauty of nature, and the dark and light places of life. Her work has been commissioned for a variety of spaces in recent years, including Delta Airlines, the Fairfax Women and Children’s Hospital, the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei, and the Regency Lounge at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong. Her paintings and murals are presently in private collections and homes across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. We sat down with Kim to discuss her career, her sources of inspiration, and her upcoming projects.
TSI: How did art first inspire you as a child or young adult?
K: It was the need for an outlet for expression. I wanted to create a language for conveying all of the wonder of light and sound. I don’t think I knew anything about the idea of art; I just knew that I needed a release of what was going on inside of me with everything new and profound.
I remember listening to my father’s Beethoven records, and being extremely moved, and that catapulted me into this realm of lines and color and syncopation. My mother is very artistic and that initial understanding that you can draw or sing as another form of communication set the foundation for future things. I started doing commissions rather early as a young adult, for cartoon strips, painting on found objects etc., so I learned about the relationship of making art and getting paid to do so.