About the Artist
Raised in a log cabin in the woods, Kim Ferreira now lives in Portsmouth, NH, a lovely little city by the sea. Her winding path as an artist began with a B.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Soon after, she opened an art gallery which she owned and operated for ten years. A new mom, she currently works out of her home studio while her daughter sleeps. Kim is also a venturous baker, a soy candle-maker, a dreamer, a brown-eyed girl, a cat lover, a pisces, a not-so-neat freak, and a craigslist addict. She is obsessed with her garden and brakes for squirrels.
Kim’s recent work is inspired by simple pleasures and the exuberant enjoyment of life, what the French refer to as “joie de vivre”. These small-scale oil paintings feature an array of anthropomorphic woodland critters and their pastimes against a backdrop nodding to french rococo landscapes. Kim also combines her favorite woodland critters with a cast of magnificent beasts, imagining ways they would interact if they happened upon each other in the forest of Fontainebleau. Borrowing another french term, Dépaysant, this series is inspired by that feeling you have when you’re in a new place and experiencing new things that make you feel foreign, out of sorts and strange (in a good way).