Kim Ferreira | About
Oil paintings by Kim Ferreira, featuring an array of anthropomorphic woodland critters against a backdrop nodding to french rococo landscapes.
paintings, Kim Ferreira, art, illustration, children's illustration, nursery decor, Portsmouth, NH, New Hampshire artist, artist, animals, woodland critters, squirrel, bear, fox, raccoon, chipmunk, groundhog, forest, landscapes, oil paintings, joie de vivre
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Raised in a log cabin in the woods…

I now live in Portsmouth, NH, a lovely little city by the sea. My winding path as an artist began with a B.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Soon after, I opened an art gallery which I owned and operated for ten years. A new mom, I currently work out of my home studio while my daughter sleeps. I am 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 do-it-yourself-er. I am obsessed with my  garden and I brake for squirrels.

 

My 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 against a backdrop nodding to french rococo landscapes. Borrowing another french term, Dépaysant, my newest series is inspired by that feeling you have when you’re in a new place and experiencing very new things that make you feel foreign, out of sorts and strange (in a good way). It’s exciting to combine my favorite woodland critters with a new cast of magnificent beasts, imagining the ways in which they’d interact if they happened upon each other in the forest of Fontainebleau.