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Name: Kim Steeden

‘I count myself as incredibly lucky to have been born, and grown up in the Isle of Purbeck, in Dorset. I have been surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastline my whole life, and have no desire to leave anytime soon!

I studied a Foundation Diploma in Photography at Shelly Park College of Art & Design in 1998 but have only just now turned all my time and attention back to being creative, although it was always there in one shape or form. Having spent the last 15 years working with young adults with Autism, I have been incredibly humbled and appreciative of the life I have, and being creative is a great escape and stress reliever!

My work with driftwood has evolved over a few years. In my spare time I used to paint seaside scenes and fish on wood to sell at local craft fairs, but never pursued the idea of selling them through a gallery, or even the idea of framing them. Now that I am a mother, and working part-time, I find myself playing outdoors- a lot!

Foraging on the local beaches and my love of painting have happily collided to produce little glimpses of the idyllic side of life by the sea. Somehow still beautiful even on a grey day, I am known for loving the winter as much as the summer, not least for the storms which bring in the more interesting pieces of flotsam and jetsam for me to work with.

Finally, with support and encouragement from the two lovely ladies at The Mulberry Tree Gallery in Swanage, I exhibited my first work there earlier this year for Purbeck Art Week. I was overwhelmed by the success and response. As a result I exhibited again in July and now find myself in the fortunate position of changing jobs to give me more time to paint.

I live with my husband, who is a Lifeboat crew volunteer, and our three year old son, so boats and sea feature highly in our lives, and I think they always will. My work is a culmination of happy memories, treasured places and daydreams. If somebody can look at my work and connect to their ‘happy place’ by the sea, then that’s wonderful.’

Available Works from Kim Steeden