Kimberly Swan is an emerging artist of the Hunter Valley and was born in Liverpool, Sydney in 1985. At the age of six she and her family moved to the Port Stephens peninsula to small town Bobs Farm where she remained up until her late twenties. Kimberly developed a fondness for the natural environment and after leaving high school early she embarked on studies in Horticulture. After several years working in the great outdoors she decided to pursue her early creative passions and found her way to University studies in Graphic Design at Newcastle. After a year studying design she swapped into the Natural History Illustration degree program and graduated in 2011 with distinction.
Several years on from university and a big break from using her artistic skills, Kimberly has thrown herself back into creative pursuits. 2018 saw Kimberly become a resident artist at the Artisan Collective Port Stephens Gallery, complete a series of illustrative commissions for Port Stephens Council, be involved in a number of group exhibitions around the hunter and taking 2nd place in the Port Stephens Art Prize. She has also completed a number of illustrative commissions for private collectors and held her first solo exhibition in Maitland in mid 2019 where she now resides having moved in early 2019 with her fiancé.
Kimberly works with a wide variety of mediums often mixing medias to create works of a variety of subjects and abstracts. Leaning heavily on the use of acrylics she has recently incorporated oil into some of her works, works that often begin with photo references and collages to develop composition and provide colour palettes. Kimberly explores the use of colour, line and composition to create pieces that reflect the influences of her surroundings and spurred by interests in contemporary art, elements of street art and graphic styles. Her practice is still evolving as she explores stylised ways of interpreting her surroundings and develops narratives in her work.