Featured Artist: Kimvervuurt
Kimvervuurt’s art is the perfect reminder to “keep it simple, light and try to enjoy the little things. Life is complicated enough.” Her delightful designs — filled with smiling characters and adorable anecdotes — leave her audience with a warm glow of contentment and a comforting sense that everything will be okay.
Kim loves living in The Netherlands because of its rich history and culture and she also believes that being so close to bustling European cities allows for “tons of creative inspiration.” For her, creativity can bring “relaxation and a unique kind of energy” and she loses herself in a project “just like reading a captivating book.” However, when she has trouble finishing a piece she will take a break and walk in the forest or downtown because she knows that “at some point the fog will pass” and that giving herself time away is a necessary piece of the creative process.
Kimvervuurt looks to other artists like the animator, Tim Burton, and the photographer, Erwin Olaf, for inspiration. Both creators encourage her to see “endless possibilities” in art and to never limit herself; she must always push beyond her comfort zone because “making odd or weird stuff is absolutely not a bad thing.” She also looks to the art from the 1920s decade and the unique style that is used in the “beginning of modern advertising” that she incorporates in her own work.
Kimvervuurt admits that she puts “a lot of love, blood, sweat and tears in my work.” She often has to remind herself to maintain a “healthy balance between productivity and doing what I love.” In fact, she has recently decided not to work at a desk and she instead draws on her sofa or outside and appreciates “the freedom to work wherever.” She likes to think that creativity has always been a part of her world and now she is just lucky enough to make it part of her daily life.