As a child, Kim was always drawing and making things. She remembers creating her very first Birthday Card for her Grandma when she was seven years old.
Little did she know then that she would become an illustrator of over 7000 designs in print for Greeting Cards, textiles, wrap, Children’s Books, and wallpapers. Kim can honestly say she looks forward to starting work each day and feels very fortunate that she is artistically talented.
Her Design Career began as a Textile Designer, employed in a small studio at a Screen Printers who worked on a commission basis for most of the high street names. She designed all over fabrics and placement prints. Her freelance Illustration Career commenced in 1987 when she made a ‘leap of faith’ and left the relative safety of employment to become a self-employed Illustrator. It was a very scary thing for her to do at the time as she had a mortgage and a daughter to support. However, things worked out really well, and Kim has never looked back.
Most of her early freelance work was done using gouache or watercolour. As time went on, she experimented with Acrylics and other media such as pencil and collage. Today, she works mainly digitally, sometimes scanning into the computer a hand-painted item to incorporate into a design, but usually designing totally by computer. The ‘digital revolution’ has been a wonderful and creative experience for Kim, and as software improves, she feels it can only get better!