From the beginning
Welcome to the blog of KimberleyART, where I plan to share a bit on how it all started, my process, new products and events I'm attending. This is my first ever blog, so I will start right from the beginning!
I'm Kimberley, a Scottish girl from Aberdeenshire, where I grew up in a small rural village. I've always loved drawing and painting, from the moment I could pick up a pencil and doodle on whatever I could find. Unfortunately for my brother, that was sometimes his Mr. Men books! I used to love when my mum drew Barbie dolls and I'd then spend hours colouring them in. All through primary and secondary school, Art was my favourite subject, and I was sure that I wanted to go to art school when I was older. I remember when I was around 10 years old, we had a supply art teacher who taught us to draw Craigievar Castle. I couldn't believe how anyone could draw so accurately and wished one day I could do that. All through my teenage years I spent hours in the art department, after school and at lunch times.
When I left school at 18, I had chosen to study Architecture, in a hope to unite my artistic side with mathematics and science. It was during this time that I started to draw and paint castles, keeping a sketchbook as part of a project. I loved visiting these beautiful places so close to my home and one of my lecturers said if I did my architecture projects as well as my painting, I'd get very good grades. I'm still not sure whether that was a compliment or an insult!
After leaving university I got a job as a project engineer, which was challenging and exciting, but did not fulfill my creativity. So I decided to continue painting local castles and the places I visited whilst on holidays. Then in 2016, when I had a few sketchbooks full, my family suggested I tried to sell prints of them. I set up an Etsy shop called KimberleyART, and 3 years later I have now sold my work all over the world, joined craft groups, had commissioned works and created a product line that now being stocked in various shops including the National Trust for Scotland.
I can't believe how far I've come and I am really excited about what I can do with my little business in the future!