Kim Easton was born in
1963 with a curious and mindful observation of the world around her.
As a child, there was much time to spend in the forest, among the
tall pines of Lorne Park Estates in Mississauga. There was always a
sensitive appreciation for the beauty and arrangement in nature; and
its remarkable patterning. Today she
satisfies her need for tree hugging with walks along the Bruce
Trail, canoeing in Cootes Paradise and boating in Georgian Bay.
sensibility of her current abstracts further reinforces the bridge
between man made and natural; fabricated and true. Kim Easton's
determination to explore 'nothingness as it happens', is a direct
consequence of letting things be. She says, "we are not meant to
understand all things. It doesn't really matter if things make
Paintings don't have
to involve logic. There lies the magic. Simply letting them become
what they may, is one of the greatest resources. There is no
shortage of ideas when you are open to possibility."
One of her earliest
artworks was a portrait of her father, carefully rendered at the
tender age of five. Nurtured by her mother, and encouraged at every
step of the way, Kim went on to study fine Art and Art History at
University of Toronto, graduating with an Honours degree in 1989.
She also holds a B.S.c. in Psychology, and a diploma from Sheridan
College, in Oakville.
Easton's talents have seen an auspicious transformation of maturity
in recent years, as overcoming hardships along the way helped
redefine her style. She has innate psychic abilities, inherited from
her mother Barbara, and it is through this, Kim holds fast to the
truth that comes from dream visions and meditative connections. Her
early pieces are direct interpretation of dreams. Kim Easton's
'dreamscapes' are in several Ontario private collections, with other
pieces in Quebec, the Cotes D'Azur, and Texas. Her oeuvre
experienced a radical transformation at the
Haliburton School of
Art, under the tutelage of Lila Lewis Irving; the powerful and
inspirational abstract painter. Kim paints out of her
studio space, but has had the good fortune of being able to utilize
the gloriously sunny space at Lila Lewis Irving's studio overlooking
the Credit river.
Kim's son Sean is a
musician and philosopher/poet, who further inspired her to learn new
ways of thinking about life from a neo-Buddhistic perspective.
Painting became an
all encompassing and honest medium, with room for playfulness and
tremendous freedom. In more recent years, the energy experienced
while giving Reiki treatments assisted in the opening of the
floodgates, resulting in beautiful, clear and energetic explorations
of immediacy in pigment.
unabashed use of loose brushstrokes lends itself to an organic
sensibility. The end result culminates in an ebb and flow of energy
and vibration, -an intuitive adventure.
paintings are bold and dramatic, perhaps driven by her innate taste
for theatrical performance, (thirteen seasons in a comedy troupe
from Port Credit), or perhaps partly inspired by a decade spent
creating customized wearable art for the more eccentric divas in
Oakville. Working under the label of L'Art de Triomphe, Kim's
designs drew tremendous success for the young designer, with
customers from across Canada and the U.S. The leap back to painting
on paper and canvas came at the expense of several 'dry' years,
where paint was locked away until the commercial drive had
evaporated and the true spirit of the artist emerged.
It was during these
years that Kim Easton turned her talents to writing, as the burning
desire to create grew. She wrote for several quarterly publications,
and took particular pride in her column, 'A Tip of the Hat'.
This column opened a
world of possibility, interviewing artists such as Naoko Matsubara
and performers of such caliber as Judith Landers, and just plain
exploring the diverse and eccentric lives of people in the community
of Oakville, (with the intention to inspire others to break out of
Kim views life as an
adventure. She is a self described traveler, (one who backpacks and
goes without an itinerary). She has slept on top of Temple #3 at
Tikal, in awe of the Mayan sunrise, overlooking the canopy of the
rain forest in Guatemala. She has experienced both coasts for all
it's diversity in Costa Rica; snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef of
Belize; chewed on muktuk and quock in Tuktoyaktuk; and has stood at
the base of the Eiffel Tower on two separate trips, without going
2006 - CITADEL 28 CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY - Downtown Art Centre