Kim began her formal art training at the University of Texas in 1980. In 1986 she received a B.A. in Art Therapy from the College of New Jersey and from 1988 to 1990 she continued with post-graduate work at the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach. While living in Southern California she became inspired by the early California impressionists. After moving back to the southwest she was drawn to and studied the work of past and contemporary masters of impressionism and Plein air painting. Other influences include the work of Andrew Wyeth and Maxfield Parish. "I continue to travel and paint several times a year, always exploring new places and gathering resources. I paint, sketch or take photos that I feel capture the essence of what has moved me and refer to these studies when creating my studio work. I begin by preparing a panel with several layers of oil ground until I have achieved the desired surface for painting. Then the creative "dialogue" begins. Inspired by early black and white photography, I pay close attention to strong, contrasting values and negative space as I begin the intuitive painting process. Technically, my approach is more "subtractive" than "additive". I allow the textured surface to suggest organic form and later use clear glazes to create a luminous effect. I find I do my best work when I step out of the way for a few moments and patiently consider the next move. It's exciting and rewarding to see a painting slowly reveal itself ...and take its final form." Kim's work is now in numerous private and corporate collections including Glenbrook Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, the Hilton Hotel in Austin, Texas and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Her paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the South and Southwest. Her limited edition prints can be found in galleries and home furnishing stores across the country including Crate and Barrel, Ethan Allen and Z Gallery. Kim is a member of the Oil Painters of America.
"I love a blank canvas. I am energized by both the promise and the challenge of stepping into that void and creating something beautiful."
Kim Coulter begins the creative process by covering the surface of the painting with pours of paint, spontaneous use of line, patterns, and printmaking. During this multi-layered process, the surface is embedded with a wide variety of visual imagery. Pools of transparent color and rivulets of ink settle into the richly textured surface and reveal what lies beneath.
Whether working on a large scale non-representational painting or an abstract landscape, she works intuitively, allowing the textured surface to suggest form and direction.
Kim is an Austin-based artist whose work is in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.