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Oil paintings by Kim Ferreira, featuring an array of anthropomorphic woodland critters against a backdrop nodding to french rococo landscapes.
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Affordable Arts Fair

I will be selling limited-edition prints, some new holiday/winter inspired note cards and an assortment of hand-painted holiday ornaments.

Art & Invention Gallery


I am thrilled to be working with a new gallery.  Art & Invention Gallery is tucked away in the Five Points area of East Nashville. It is filled to the brim with contemporary pieces from renowned local and international artists. From the humble beginnings of a simple garage space when it was known as the Garage Mahal, the gallery has since been voted one of the top three art galleries in Nashville as well as one of the top 50 shops in the Southeast by Southern Living magazine. I was invited this past August to participate in their Tomato Art Show, which is held annually in conjunction with the extraordinary Tomato Art Festival. I was delighted when they asked me to send more paintings.



Ten new paintings from my Joie de Vivre series are now available at Art & Invention, including the painting above (How to Fly a Kite, oil on panel, 10 by 8 inches). Visit my portfolio to see all ten of the new pieces in addition to other available works.


Art & Invention Gallery
1106 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN

Wildlife Conservation Network

I am so happy to have sold all of my paintings from the Enormous Tiny Art Show! I decided to donate 20% of my portion of the sales to the Wildlife Conservation Network.



My paintings provide me with an escape from the stresses of the real world. They are my happy place, where I can celebrate all of the things that make my world go’ round. However, there are so many problems that need attention and causes that need fighting for. It didn’t feel right to be painting these idyllic scenes of elephants and groundhogs and macarons while ignoring the plight of these majestic creatures. It felt so good to be able to make a sizeable donation to this wonderful organization.

The Enormous Tiny Art Show #24 @ Nahcotta

The Enormous Tiny Art Show #24 opens Friday, September 7th at Nahcotta in Portsmouth, NH. This is one of my favorite shows and I’m so happy to be a part of it once again! A year ago, I began my series ‘Joie de Vivre’ and exhibited those first six paintings in ETA #22. The positive enthusiasm for the work was overwhelming and I have gone on to make over 60 paintings featuring an array of anthropomorphic woodland critters against a backdrop nodding to french rococo landscapes.


For this ETA, I wanted to try something a little different, exotic and unfamiliar. Borrowing another french term, Dépaysant, this 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).



The first painting in this series was “Dépaysant: Ice Cream”. I saw a documentary recently about a giraffe who was given to Charles X by the Viceroy of Egypt in the 1800’s. The trip to Paris took 41 days – she was a spectacle in each town she passed through as the people of France had never seen such a creature. I can only imagine HER thoughts.



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.


ETA #24 opens Friday, September 7th with a reception from 5-8pm at Nahcotta in downtown Portsmouth, NH. All of the works from the show will be available to view + purchase online at I will be donating 20% of my portion of the sales from this show to the Wildlife Conservation Network.

Tomato Art Fest

I received an invite from Art & Invention Gallery in Nashville, TN to participate in their Tomato Art Show in conjunction with the annual Tomato Art Fest!




The Tomato Art Fest was founded in 2004, when Art & Invention Gallery hosted a late summer art show celebrating the tomato, and planned a few neighborhood events to promote the show. The Tomato Art Show proved so popular that it was immediately turned into an annual, signature event for the hip, urban neighborhood of East Nashville. The Tomato Art Show is one of the highlights of the festival, and with artwork ranging from the exquisite to the hilarious, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy! Their motto is, “The Tomato…A Uniter, Not A Divider- Bringing Together Fruits & Vegetables”.



I created three new paintings for this show, in keeping with my Joie de Vivre Series, featuring the “love apple”. The Tomato Art Festival is August 10th & 11th and the Tomato Art Show is on view at Art & Invention Gallery thru the month of August.

Picnic Craft Fair

The 10th annual Picnic Craft Fair will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018! This juried indie craft fair will be held outdoors in Lincoln Park on Congress and Franklin Streets, in Portland ME. The fair will run from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine. Come shop the best in handmade indie crafts and vintage goods. Admission is free to attend!



I will have my own tent and will have some original works, lots of limited-edition prints and a few note card bundles! I’m excited to announce that four new prints have been added to the selection – if you can’t make it to Picnic next weekend, they are also available to view and purchase in my Etsy shop.



I have really enjoyed the art fairs that I’ve participated in this summer. I started with the Beacon Hill Art Walk in June, followed by ArtBeat in Somerville and will end with this show in Portland, ME. People have been so kind and engaging. These experiences (and working with wonderful galleries) keep  me going and fill me with gratitude.


ArtBeat 2018!


ArtBeat is July 14th in  Somerville, MA. It’s one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals, with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities. I will be sharing a tent with my friend and amazing artist Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer.


Please stop by if you are in the area, I will have a selection of new originals, limited-edition prints and hopefully some new greeting cards!





Audio/Visual @ Nahcotta

AUDIO/VISUAL opens at Nahcotta on June 1st. Twenty-eight artists were asked to re-imagine the cover of one of their favorite (or most meaningful) albums. The inspiration for this painting was ‘Begin to Hope’ by Regina Spektor. I’ve loved her music ever since first hearing this album when it was released in 2006. I listened to it over and over and over again. ‘Samson’ remains one of my favorite songs – sad but so very beautiful,  I often sing it to my baby girl.



The Opening Reception for Audio/Visual is Friday, June 1st, 6pm-8pm


110 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Lark & Key Gallery

I am thrilled to have new representation with a gallery that I have long admired. Co-owners Sandy Snead and Duy Huynh fill this space with an eclectic mix of contemporary art and functional craft that makes my heart sing. They have a beautiful vision and I am so honored to be working with them.

Lark & Key Gallery
128 E. Park Ave, Ste B
Charlotte, NC

Limited Edition Prints

My new etsy shop is up and running! I am now offering limited-edition prints of some of the paintings from my Joie de Vivre series. Some original paintings will also be available to view + purchase here.

The Enormous Tiny Art Show #23

I am delighted to be exhibiting again at Nahcotta in downtown Portsmouth for their (I can’t believe it) 23rd installment of this amazing show! Twice a year this show brings together an eclectic mix of work from artists near and far. I will be exhibiting 9 new works from my “Joie de Vivre” series –  inspired by simple pleasures and the exuberant enjoyment of life, what the French refer to as “joie de vivre”.



The show opens Friday, March 2nd with an opening reception from 5-8pm. All of the works from the show are available to view + purchase online prior to and during the show which runs thru March 31st.


Enormous Tiny Art Show #22

It’s been almost two years since I’ve sat at my easel. I had to put painting aside for a bit. Over the past two years I’ve been working full time in an elementary school and going to school full time in pursuit of a teaching certificate (which I received in June, yay!). I also had a baby girl in July and didn’t want to expose myself or her to the fumes.  It feels so good to paint again and the ideas have been flowing. I was delighted to be asked back to Nahcotta for their 22nd Enormous Tiny Art Show in September.


This series is inspired by simple pleasures and the exuberant enjoyment of life, what the French refer to as “ joie de vivre” (and also by my daughter’s nursery).



The show opens with a reception on Friday, September 1st, 5-8pm. All works from this show are available to view and purchase online at


110 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH

It’s a girl!

My dream of becoming a mom finally came true this summer when my husband and I welcomed a baby girl, Iris Ray. It has been a long journey getting to this beautiful place in my life. Feeling so very blessed and inspired.

Enormous Tiny Art – Fall @ Nahcotta

It’s that time of year again, the Enormous Tiny Art Show is happening at Nahcotta!

I’ve been wanting to experiment with acrylics and thought this would be the perfect opportunity. This series of paintings was directly inspired by a passage in An Island Garden by Celia Thaxter. She wintered on the mainland and describes making the journey from Portsmouth with her precious seedlings and household belongings out to Appledore Island on a small steam tug, the Pinafore.


“… a pretty sight is the little vessel when she starts out from the old brown wharves and steams away down the Piscataqua River, with her hurricane deck awave with green leaves and flowers, for all the world like a May Day procession.”



Like Ms. Thaxter, I am obsessed with my garden.



Foolish Friends: The Gardener & The Bear

During the month of February, I will be exhibiting a group of larger works (and a few small bears) from my Gardener & the Bear series at the lovely White Heron Cafe in Portsmouth.


Foolish Friends: The Gardener and the Bear, oil and acrylic on panel, 24 by 24 inches, 2013.


The Gardener and the Bear is a Persian Fable. A lonely gardener finds friendship with a bear, however, his happiness comes to an end when the gardener falls asleep and a bee lands on him and in an effort to help the gardener the bear doesn’t know his own strength and … I’ll spare you the gory details. It warns against making foolish friends. I, however, love the idea of a gardener and a bear having a friendship, like when we young and innocent and believed that a bear, or a lion or a squirrel for that matter would be an excellent choice for a best friend.


Foolish Friends: Floating, oil and acrylic on panel, 18 by 18 inches, 2013.


My interest in patterns has lead me to an obsession with all things William Morris. I’ve used his patterns exclusively in my paintings for this series, setting the scene in an organized chaotic English garden.


Foolish Friends: Sleeping, oil and acrylic on panel, 18 by 18 inches, 2013.


I am excited to be able to exhibit works from this series together in such a bright and sunny setting. They specialize in organic tea — I’m loving their Capetown Sunset herbal tea at the moment;) The show runs thru February 28th. Cheers!

Enormous Tiny Art: Winter @ Nahcotta

I am super excited to be included in the 17th Enormous Tiny Art Show at Nahcotta! I am still obsessed with William Morris Patterns and will always believe in mythic beasts…for this show, I present the forever elusive Jackalope!



The opening reception is Friday, February 6th at Nahcotta in downtown Portsmouth. All works from this show will available to view and purchase online as well here! The show runs thru March 1st.

Enormous Tiny Art: Autumn @ Nahcotta

I am thrilled to be included in Nahcotta’s 16th incarnation of the Enormous Tiny Art Show exhibitions! I created a series of squirrels and acorns featuring one of my favorite William Morris patterns…I’ve always had a soft spot for the little critters, they never seem to be able to make up their minds.




This month, EnormousTiny Art: Autumn offers up elaborate illustrations, classic portraits of exceptionally small proportions, abstract renderings, dreamy little landscapes, captivating cityscapes, petite sculptures, and much more. True to form, over 300 pieces of art from 40 artists all over the world are in this exhibition, each measuring 10″ x 10″ or smaller, making them perfect for the first-time art buyer or avid collector wanting to add more original art to their beloved collection.


The show opens on Friday between 5-8pm and all works are available online here


Bears in Provincetown

I am excited to be exhibiting some new paintings at the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, MA. An exhibition they are calling “The Teeny Tiny Territory” opens Friday, June 20th and runs throught July 21st. The show features work by yours truly alongside three fabulous women artists — Cindy Rizza, Donna Baldassari and Carey Armstrong-Ellis, all of whom I was lucky to work with at Three Graces!


I will be exhibiting works from my new series “Foolish Friends” inspired by the fable about the Gardener and the Bear.



Bowersock Gallery is located at 373 Commercial Street in Provincetown, Mass.

Sanctuary Arts: Spreading the Word

I am honored to be included in an exhibition at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, ME featuring artists/instructors at Sanctuary Arts!

I will be exhibiting a few pieces from my new series “Foolish Friends” inspired by the fable of The Gardener and the Bear.


Sanctuary Arts is the home of a visually inspiring teaching studio, private art studios, sculpture gardens, and bronze casting foundry – all located in or on the property of a converted 1850’s New England church in Eliot, Maine. I have been offering Photoshop and WordPress classes for artists.

The opening reception is on Saturday, April 26 from 5-7 pm. The exhibition will run through June 1st with gallery hours of Thursday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5 and by appointment.

Button Factory Open Studios

Saturday, December 7 and Sunday 8, 2013
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

I specially created these ornaments for the occasion.
Happy Holidays!


*I’ll be located on the first floor outside of the studios of my friends George Beland (incredible furniture designer + maker) and Erin Moran (maker of most charming and cheerful hand-built pottery)

The Button Factory is located on Islington Street in Portsmouth, across from Plaza 800 and the Hannaford Supermarket (formerly Pic ‘n’ Pay), and a short drive from the Portsmouth Traffic Circle.

Visit the Button Factory website for more info.

Hearts & Flowers – Provincetown, MA

I am delighted to be sending works to the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, MA for their small works show in December. The Opening Reception is December 7th from 4 to 6 PM.

I have started a new series, “Hearts and Flowers”, inspired by vintage photographs and patterns. I find myself wishing and hoping that I had been born in another decade … my vision is a romantic one, of hearts and flowers.



The Enormous Tiny Art Show

I am very excited to be exhibiting in this enormous exhibition of teeny tiny splendor! These paintings are a tiny tangent from my current series “Roman Holiday”, inspired by a recent trip to Italy. I decided to take a break from severed heads, virtuous saints and mythic beasts, to express my adoration of the classic film from which my series borrows it’s name.

Roman Holiday

I am thrilled to be exhibiting works from my new series “Roman Holiday” at 100 Market Street in downtown Portsmouth. The series is inspired by my recent honeymoon in Italy!

Roman Holiday: Up, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 by 24 inches, 2013.


Roman Holiday: Bacchus, oil and acrylic on panel, 24 by 24 inches, 2013.


The opening reception is August 2nd, from 5 to 7pm and the exhibition runs thru October 12th.


The Enormous Tiny Art Show #13

After closing Three Graces this past December, I am so thankful to my friends at Nahcotta for asking me to participate in their Enormous Tiny Art Show. I decided to expand upon my interest in repeating patterns and portray some other beloved fables.



I created 8 new pieces for this show, they are to be delivered as soon as the paint dries! All works will be available at Nahcotta and thru their online shop!




Join us for an opening reception with the artists Friday, February 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm in conjunction with the art ’round town gallery walk. The show runs February 1st -25th at


Repeating Patterns: The Tortoise & The Hare

I recently, became interested in Aesop’s fables, in particular, the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.  I found myself identifying on a very personal level to the timeless story of the dynamic duo. Intending to depict the simple story of a wildly impatient hare in contrast to a slow poke turtle, the series came to represent an epic journey of unconditional love and all of the emotions that go along with it.


Repeating Patterns: The Tortoise & The Hare opens December 7th at Three Graces in downtown Portsmouth.


The Tortoise & The Hare: Under Control, oil and acrylic on panel, 24 by 24 inches, 2012.


The Tortoise & The Hare: Faith, Force, Lure, Chance, oil and acrylic on panel, 30 by 24 inches, 2012.


The Tortoise & The Hare: Tempting Fate, oil and acrylic on panel, 24 by 24 inches, 2012.


This exhibition is bittersweet as it marks the end of Three Graces Gallery. I’ve been the owner/curator of this special place in Portsmouth, NH since opening in 2004. I put my heart and soul into the gallery for nine years, and found myself wanting to put my heart and soul into other things.

Join us at the opening Reception, Friday December 7th, 5-8pm in conjunction with art ’round town. This exhibition runs thru December 31st and will be Three Graces’ last exhibition. Thank you for an amazing nine years! xx

Graceful Exit


A lovely article by Chloe Kanner appeared in the week’s Wire. She writes about my decision to close the gallery and describes the new body of work for my upcoming show! I am so thankful to have this article to look back on and remember what the gallery meant to so many artists and people in my community.

“In classical mythology, the Three Graces are goddesses of human creativity, and have stood for and served as muses for many artists.

Three Graces Gallery in downtown Portsmouth has done much the same. It has forwarded the careers of all the talented artists that showed their work under its sign, an image of the goddesses immortalized by Italian painter Raphael.

While owner Kim Ferreira is understandably proud of how the gallery has promoted other artists for the past nine years, she has made personal sacrifices to do so, including putting her own artwork last.

For this and other reasons, Three Graces will close at the end of this year. Its last exhibit will be the first solo show of paintings by Ferreira, opening with a reception during Art ’Round Town on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.”

Read the rest of the article here.