Kim McGill Stuart, Painter, Assemblage artist
I was drawn to Paint Love because of the concept that art can heal young people living in traumatic times - giving them tools to mentally survive their current conditions. I feel that any art medium has the power to be a catalyst for journey(s) that can propel us forward to new ideas and experiences. I believe what we learn from those experiences can heal the soul and the body.
Encaustic Wax, Found Objects
Kim McGill Stuart is an artist and experienced teacher focusing on the use of encaustic wax in 2D and some 3D pieces. Kim begins by blending encaustic wax, oil pastels and blow torch to bring swirling visions of textures and color to life. Kim feels she has truly found her calling. The works are multidimensional pieces that serve to both enhance their surroundings and intrigue the viewer with colors and shades. Her more extensive background in printmaking, assemblage and collage is what drew Kim to experimenting with encaustic wax and that hallmark is seen throughout the collection as well.
A cancer survivor, Kim expresses some of the strong feelings of pain and struggle, loss and wisdom that resulted, (and are beyond words), through her bold colors and scorched wood:
“ I am moved with what my situation is at the moment... do I feel good, am I feeling pain, am I soothed, am I stressed, is my future unknown(?) I find myself lost in the multiple layers of found objects, textures, strokes, marks, splotches and scratches...
The obsession to express frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accident and grace to influence the finished product.”
Kim has a Bachelor of Fine Art in printmaking and computer design from the University of West Florida, Pensacola and has been featured in numerous shows and galleries and awarded with some prestigious grants. Her teaching career has explored vast levels of creative platforms, spanning her work as adjunct professor at her Alma Mater in digital painting and graphic design, to developing educational material for the military, leading a team of developers in creating 3D animations to train Naval aviators. She currently resides in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and teaches a large number of classes locally and does commissions.
Anyone who is unfamiliar with this encaustic wax medium needs to witness first-hand it’s fluidity and ever-changing nature, reminiscent of the process of life and, on a lighter note, the way warm butter melts on toast and then re-solidifies as it cools… into a totally new form than before yet hauntingly still the same substance. This thought of Kim’s is what inspired her pseudonym, WuKoolButter: a witty, bold and sharp persona who can be found online collaborating in artistic circles…