Kimberly
Swan

 

Art & Illustration

Art & Illustration

Kimberly is a visual artist and illustrator now living in Maitland and a resident artist of the Artisan Collective Port Stephens. Her biggest inspirations are the natural environments of the world and its flora and fauna. With some background education in graphic design, Kimberly is also influenced by graphic trends, street art and more underground and unpolished emerging artists.

The Practice

Working in a variety of mediums such as acrylic, inks and watercolours Kimberly often combines them together with other drawing mediums to create unique works. She doesn’t confine herself to one particular medium and enjoys the creative freedom of working without boundaries. 

Kimberly works on all types of surfaces but is always drawn back to working on paper, enjoying the versatility and portability she appreciates the process of stripping ideas right back to basics before moving forward onto canvas or board.

 

Education & Achievements

Kimberly’s background is in Horticulture and Landscaping and she spent a number of years working in the industry before embarking on creative pursuits. A re-introduction to her love of the arts through short TAFE courses spurred on her studies and she enrolled to study Graphic Design at the University of Newcastle. One year in, Kimberly was exposed to the world of Natural History Illustration and she made the switch and graduated with a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration in 2011.

Kimberly has received a number of awards for her artworks and illustrations and her work has raised over $3000 for local community fundraisers through charity auctions and raffles. Kimberly has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions across Port Stephens, Newcastle and Gloucester and held her first solo exhibition in 2019 in Maitland. Kimberly has also completed a number of commissions for private collectors and local councils.