About the Artist…..Kim Valentine
Kim hails from Staten Island, NY and is the 5th of 6 children. Her hard-working & loving parents viewed her art as a hobby, not a career path, so the dutiful daughter went to the local college for a year. Feeling uninspired, she left to work full time until she could return to school on her own terms, proudly graduating with a degree in Advertising Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. After holding many “creative” positions, she found that while they provided for her and her two daughters, none fulfilled her God-given need to create art that would bring joy to others and glory to her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.
In May, 2011 she met her soul mate Jimmy and they were married in December 2014. Together they have four amazing children. After establishing their new home in Elm City, Jimmy encouraged Kim to follow her dreams, which meant resigning as Executive Director of a non-profit organization. In April of 2015, with the support of her creative and inspiring new husband, she took the leap and Colorful Spirits was born!
During her corporate career, Kim began helping out an artist friend, Lynnette Pair, with her parties part time. She loved it so much she was excited to begin teaching her own. Her classes began in an eclectic shop in downtown Wilson, NC, in April, 2015. Realizing she would need her own space, her husband began converting their barn into her studio/classroom. It’s located in a quiet, country setting away from the hustle and bustle of downtown!
Kim loves helping people channel their inner artist; even those who claim they can’t draw a straight line! She works hard to make sure everyone leaves happy with their creation. It’s a no pressure, all fun atmosphere.
She also offers classes in other mediums such as ceramics and decoupage and is always adding new classes for her students.
In addition to the social paint parties, Kim also gives private lessons and offers summer camps at her studio.