Finding passion on canvas |

Finding passion on canvas

Jeff Munson
Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Artist Kim Parker displays her oil painting titled "Sevilla."

She never expected to become an artist.

But as chance and the universe intersect sometimes at life’s most poignant moments, circumstances for Kim Parker led her on a new calling she’s come to believe will be now her life passion.

After studying interpersonal communication and modern dance at St. Mary’s, she found joy in experimenting with choreography and teaching dance. She did it professionally for several years.

But, as she explained, the hustle of and bustle of corporate sales in Silicon Valley swirled to the tune of an unfamiliar dance and she was caught in the wind of the technology boom. Her career and life path completely changed after learning that both her sister and her mother had cancer.

In 2002 she began painting as an emotional outlet.

“I found a freedom in painting just as I once did in dance,” she said. It is “an exciting release, an unpredictable expression through my creativity.”

Parker’s focus has been on unique oil canvas portraits that she often incorporates with other materials for depth and dimension. She has found, what she describes as her passion in capturing the beauty of human life, body and spirit.

“There is something about painting people that I can’t stray from,” Parker said. “To be able to capture the true essence of life and actual energy of a person through the stroke of a paintbrush is an invigorating process.”

Her technique is simple. She starts with a goal or intention and doesn’t predict where she will take it.

Her passion is paying off. Since 2002 she has done numerous contracts, working on larger scale projects. In the meantime, between painting, she works in Tahoe’s service industry. She is happy to be near her mother and sister, who are both cancer survivors, and her father and grandmother who live in South Lake Tahoe.

Parker’s work is now on display and for sale through October at Divided Sky, 3200 Highway 50. She has about 10 pieces, from portraits to figuratives to Lake Tahoe.

She can be reached at (530) 543-0249 or by email:

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