My name is Kimberly Garvey and I am an artist living in Fishers, IN. I went to Ball State University in Muncie, IN where I studied graphic design and fine art. After college I lived in Los Angeles for a year and then moved to Chicago for 9 more years. I sold a lot of my paintings independently. While in Chicago I was only in one art gallery in Skokie, IL. I sold nothing.
After my first child, Nathaniel Atkins was born I moved back to central Indiana where I grew up and went to college. I started painting watercolors seriously in 2011. I've had my work in a couple of galleries locally and in one gallery in Chicago in 2013. I sold nothing.
I got burnt out on painting and started feeling discouraged about not being able to sell my art. I did't want to paint anymore knowing that no one would be buying it. I started some new artwork I referred to as "Art I Don't Have to Sell." Basically I just started doodling in sketchbooks.
In November 2014 after 2 years of doodling a teenage daughter of a friend told me that she had seen an adult coloring book and it looked like my art. She talked me into making a coloring book. By April 30th, 2015 I had published my first coloring book for adults called Strange Designs out of my doodling sketchbooks. Funny that I am now making money out of the drawings from "Art I Don't Have to Sell."
It is now September 9th, 2015 and I now have out 6 books. My style has changed a lot because I didn't know I was making a coloring book when I drew the first one. I've gotten to know a lot of colorists that have told me what they do and do not like about my first book and I have grown from that.
I have a 15 year old autistic daughter that I need to be available for at all times. If she is at school I need to be on call because they may need for me to come and get her if she's having an emotional meltdown. So it's nearly impossible for me to keep a full time job outside of the home. Becoming a coloring book artist has been a huge help for me as it provides me with my first real job in years. It also allows for me to give my daughter the attention she needs whenever she needs it.
I love making the coloring books and I love COLORING in them too. I have met a lot of colorists on Facebook and they are the nicest people you could hope to meet. I've really enjoyed spending time on the coloring Facebook groups.
I still love to paint and I have tons of paintings that need to be in a gallery. But coloring books are my true love and I am so glad I found out about them.
Besides art I love to play chess. Everyone should play. It's good for your soul.