Walking into Kim Hovell’s studio, we feel like we’re at water’s edge. Whitewashed walls, beachy floorboards, calming blue and turquoise tones — and then there are the paintings.
Inspired by her hometown of Annapolis, Kim creates gorgeous acrylic and mixed-media artworks depicting one of the bay’s greatest treasures: oysters. She also crafts crabs, nostalgic beach scenes and abstract works.
WHAT AROUND THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA INSPIRES YOUR WORK?
Oysters are the most tangible, but it’s so much more than just shells. Growing up in Annapolis I always felt connected to the bay, always loved its beauty and felt its presence. My inspiration is the Chesapeake itself, and I think that’s why my art connects with so many.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST OYSTER PAINTING.
The first oyster painting was simply the confluence of two things I love, eating and painting. After an especially delicious dozen of bays, I asked our waiter for a to-go box and took a few of the more vibrant shells home. I hadn’t painted in some time prior to that, and I remember I couldn’t wait to get my canvases out. That week I painted two of my favorite pieces.
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