Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New artist spotlight- Sam Kimura

Its funny how you run across things on Etsy that are just what you were looking for or better.
In my search for portraits for my son's room redo, I found Sam's Etsy shop.
It dawned on me to commission something and I liked her loose style. This was for the ORC linking event so I was a little terrified, but the commission exceeded my expectations. Sam mentioned to me that she is a student so I assumed that she is an art student but that is not the case.

Her work is really wonderful. Here is what she told me about her background:
"I am a painter from Louisville, Kentucky and a current student at Western Kentucky University. I major in religious studies and minor in psychology and I do art on the side. Ever since I can remember, I have loved to draw, paint, and sketch. If it's creative and it involves color, I'm all over it. I work primarily with oils and acrylics and I specialize in portraits but I also dabble in landscapes."

Here is what she painted for me.

It is based on a photo of my son (now 18) when he was about 7 months old wearing a Tibetan hilltribe hat. I asked her to exclude the fabric in the background.
Children are very hard to draw or paint without looking a little stilted but I think she captured that baby cuteness that I love.

Come back on Thursday to see the painting in situ and more of the art in my room redo for the ORC linking event.


Kim said...

How fun Kerry!! Your son is precious in this hat and I think Sam captured him beautifully!! xo

Vel Criste said...

Fantastic! The baby painting is really beautiful, love the way the colors were mixed! Thanks for the intro!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Wow! So talented! I LOVE the painting of your son! Such a great idea!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I love people pictures. These are great!

Karena said...

I love portrait artists Kerry and your son is so adorable in his hat!

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Unknown said...

Wow, she did an amazing job! I will have to bookmark her etsy store!