Kim Whitby initially pursued her art in the direction of teaching; completing a BED Hons teaching and art degree, at King Alfred’s College in Winchester in 1993 and working professionally afterwards. In late 2012 at home in Wales, she began a part time Fine Art Masters Degree at Aberystwyth University’s School of Art, which she completed in December 2014. Since then she has worked both as an artist and evolved her teaching to include adults of all ages, which she really enjoys. She teaches workshops and longer courses in Galleries, Museums and Arts Centres in Hampshire where she is currently located, and The Art Academy in Borough Market, London. Kim works directly from life, frequently on location and particularly enjoys heritage subject matter and structures. She was grateful to have gained access to work in and around HMS Victory in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard during her MA, and last year was selected to respond to Jane Austen’s House Museum and collection, as part of a commission for Hampshire Cultural Trust during the bicentenary commemorations of Jane Austen’s death. Kim works in ink, watercolour and oil. Sketchbooks form a key part of her process. She is interested in ideas about when drawing stops, and painting begins. Kim is delighted to have had her work recognised in the short period since her MA, through the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and by Artist and Illustrators Magazine selecting her as an “artist to watch 2017”. She won Pintar Rapido London 2016, which is an en plein air competition. She also won her way, as a ‘wildcard’, through to the final three, on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2016.