Kim McAninch
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania

Kim McAninch fills her canvases with texture, abstraction, and her own imagination. Painting primarily with a palette knife, she layers the paint in a way to express more information with less detail. Kim enjoys the hopefulness of the morning, a cup of coffee, and a full day of creating alone. Fun fact: Kim designed wallpaper and fabric before pursuing a full-time professional painting career.

Artist and Customer Comments

Kim McAninch 9/24/2016 | 12:51 PM

Two of my pieces, FLORAL 5 & 6 will be exhibited a the Pittsburgh Society of Artists 2016 Annual Exhibition. Juror Carol Brode evaluated the 142 works of art by 77 artists. The many submissions of outstanding quality together with certain constraints dictated by the exhibition space made for very intense competition. After three days of deliberation, the juror chose pieces that she felt would collectively represent the broad range of art and make the most dynamic exhibition. I am proud to be included! The show runs October 7- November 3, 2016 at Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill Arts Center. Located at 205 West Otterman Street, Greensburg PA 15601.

Kim McAninch 9/17/2016 | 3:28 PM

My latest body of work is entitled SCRATCH 2016. Many of the pieces on UGallery are included in this collection and I continue to expand on my ideas. I am enjoying the progression of my technique, bringing it all together in a more precise style. Consider a blank canvas, starting from scratch. Using tools-brush, pencil, knife, pastels and oil, I am propelled into an uncharted figurative world. My mark-making is used without allowance, nothing is a mistake. I then begin the eliminating. I am withdrawing from too close a narrative. This is where the struggle begins. Each work is an invention, an organization of the markings into shapes and patterns, created with knowledge honed through a career of design, but so much is instinctual. I am immersed in an orchestration towards landscapes and figures, in a visual dance between the figurative and abstract. The flirting shows. The body of work fulfills my natural, uninhibited desire to scratch the surface in a gestural, painterly manner. Yes, it is fast. The decisions come quicker, the deeper I delve. I realize the principles that will govern this piece of art will not be applicable in my next work. The next will be a journey unto its own. But for now, I am exhilarated with every mark. I paint loosely but accurately, moving looser, scratching towards accuracy, offering more information, less detail. What perceived information used by others to sort out this piece is a literal mystery to me. That concept makes my work more interesting. What began with my tutelage long ago in drawing and printmaking has left a mark on me and has stayed through all other influences. I would like the viewer to consider my decisions- every scratch leading to another.

Kim McAninch 10/6/2015 | 7:53 AM

Why Belgian Linen? Any art you purchase is an investment designed to enhance your surroundings and last for many years to come. I believe I offer a valuable product and the price reflects the quality of my work in both building the substrate and creating in my unique style. Therefore, most of my pieces, including all of my commissioned pieces, are painted on natural Belgian linen. It is hand-stretched. over high quality, heavy-duty hardwood stretcher bars, which will not warp. The final work is always coated with an archival varnish for protection. I believe that a high-quality surface which is hand-stretched by the artist is a bonus for the collector. I use linen, especially for my large paintings because of its strength and durability. It holds up to the heavy paint of my palette knife work. While it is more expensive, the linen surface has a more natural finish than cotton. It is also a surface that will last a longer length of time because of its own natural oils that keep it flexible. The threads that make up linen, known as the warp and weft threads, weigh the same, which means they are less prone to expansion or contraction due to moisture. Additionally, you may agree that the color of the natural woven edge of Belgian linen is attractive and it does not necessarily need a frame.

Kim McAninch 4/8/2015 | 6:51 AM

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to encourage me- it made my day! Hope yours is fantastic, too! Kim

P Fairley 4/7/2015 | 11:43 AM

Just found you by way of a post on FB. I like your style.

Kim McAninch 2/24/2015 | 2:19 PM

Thank you very much! I am happy they landed in an appreciated home! Sincerely, Kim

Frank 2/24/2015 | 12:57 PM

Hi Kim- well I just received DUNES XV and it so wonderfully compliments my other DUNES XII. I have them facing each other in one corner of my budding art room and its tghe beach area of my room. Thanks for being such a good artist. Cheers, Frank

Kim McAninch 2/15/2015 | 5:18 PM

I feel confident that you will see a lot in DUNES XV. And, of course let me know your opinion when you receive it! I am happy to tell you of my thoughts on linen: I prefer linen, especially for my large paintings because of its strength and it holds up to the heavy paint of my palette knife work. It does not expand and contract from moisture in the paint and the air as much as cotton. While it is more expensive, I like the surface, which has a more natural finish than cotton. I like the available textures and weight from which I can choose. It is also a surface that will last a longer length of time because of its own natural oils that keep it flexible. I really like the color of the natural woven edge of stretched linen- and that alone would be a good enough reason for me to use it. I think a high-quality surface which is hand-stretched by the artist is a bonus for the collector. Thank you very much!

Frank 2/15/2015 | 4:20 PM

Back again Kim with a question- what is the difference if any between stretched linen and regular canvas for your work? Im slowly learning about art and you have been a big help. Thanks, Frank

Frank 2/15/2015 | 4:10 PM

Hi Kim- I chose Dunes XV as I loved the colors and setting- even warmed me up a bit as I thought of the beaches on Long Island. Your Dunes series was a great idea and I hope you do more for others to enjoy. I can't wait to see it "in person". Cheers, Frank

Kim McAninch 2/15/2015 | 2:17 PM

So nice to hear from you!. I can add a wire, of course. You have affirmed my suspicion that probably everyone would appreciate wire- not just on the larger paintings. So, thank you for that. How about centered - 5" from top corner to bottom on the side bars? We don't want it to tip forward. The wire can be adjusted to let you get it exactly where you want it without moving your nail. I hope you are enjoying NY weather- cozy inside!

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Frank 2/15/2015 | 2:03 PM

Hi again Kim- Im back checking out your remaining "Dunes" artworks- The one I bought a few weeks ago was just perfect. May I ask if the others include a wire to hang them with. I have a perfect but tight space (12" high) that would fit one (your 10" Dunes)but not allow a great deal of room as it would be be hung between the ceiling and a door panel. I guess a wire on the lower side frames would work best. Does this all make sense? Thanks so much for your help. Cheers, Frank

Kim McAninch 1/28/2015 | 11:55 AM

Your comments have made me very happy. Thank you. In the cold, here in Pittsburgh, I painted another DUNES yesterday. Dreaming of a beach vacation ;), Kim

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Frank 1/28/2015 | 11:41 AM

Dear Kim- I just received your artwork, "Dunes XII" and it was just perfect. Bold texture, vibrant color and a theme of the seaside that I enjoy on Long Island. Your work is simply outstanding!!!! Thank you, Frank

Kim McAninch 1/19/2015 | 9:00 AM

Good Morning! I have vacationed in several coastal areas including Provincetown and on Siesta Key for 35 years. All are places that make me very happy. The inspiration of color and shapes is limitless and I enjoy the spectrum of abstraction I am able to create in each painting. Have a nice day!

Frank 1/19/2015 | 8:43 AM

Hi Kim- I have no doubt that I will like it- and will get back to you when it arrives. By the way where did you get the inspiration for a "Dunes" series. I don't recall Pittsburgh being close to any major ocean (lol). I live on Long Island and dunes surround us. Cheers, Frank

Kim McAninch 1/18/2015 | 7:43 PM

Hello, Frank- Yes, all is well-I received confirmation. I think you will be happy with your purchase when you see it! I am sorry I didn't get back to you earlier today. I was at an Art Business Conference in D.C and just got home to my computer. Please let me know what you think when it arrives! I hope to talk to you soon, Kim

Frank 1/18/2015 | 2:27 PM

HI Kim- I'm back and I apologize- I had hit the wrong button and all is well now. I purchased Dune XII and love it- Can't wait to hang it in my art room. Cheers, Frank

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Frank 1/18/2015 | 2:16 PM

HI kim- I love your Dunes series- has Dunes X11 been sold- I cant find the purchase click although the painting is still included in your works for sale???? Please let me know- Cheers, Frank

Kim McAninch 9/17/2014 | 2:32 PM

Hello! I am very happy that you and your husband enjoy BOAT/21. It is a happy, textural, sparkly palette knife painting- from a series which has been enjoyed by many. UGallery has a trial period in your home. So, if it is not exactly what you had in mind, you may easily return it. Please feel free to contact me through this blog if you have specific questions. Hearing from you has made my day and I would love to speak about my work. Also, if you would like additional photos, I will arrange it. Best Regards, Kim

J Marks 9/17/2014 | 11:34 AM

Kim, my husband and I love Boat/21. Is there any way we can speak to you more about it? Is it possible to see it in person?

Kim McAninch 3/13/2014 | 3:29 PM

Yes, I do! You bought SUNSETS, am I right? I am delighted you found me on UGallery.

S Ratigan 3/13/2014 | 2:37 PM

Hi Kim. I love your work and am wondering if you ever do commission pieces. Thanks so much.

Kim McAninch 3/11/2014 | 12:28 PM

Thank you for taking the time to let me know me that you like it, and what you think I did well. I appreciate your thoughts. Have a nice day! Kim

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Patrick 3/11/2014 | 9:54 AM

I like this piece (boat 12). It captured my attention in the first scroll through and has kept is since. The painting offers a cool flow of my eye over the depiction and color/light schemes. Thank you for creating and sharing.

Kim McAninch 11/18/2013 | 9:21 AM

I am happy my work has found the perfect home in a lake house! I think you will find the size to be significant and I hope you never tire of the light and peacefulness of the piece! Thank you for your purchase, Kim

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S Lashier 11/18/2013 | 8:51 AM

I searched to purchase two row boats and was disappointed that it was already sold. I renovated a large old lake house and thought it would be perfect. I just purchased another similar boat work from your site. Can't wait!

Kim McAninch 11/14/2013 | 1:29 PM

Thank you very much for looking at my work and for taking the time to comment! Yes, they are special paintings. I had fun creating them and feel both satisfy my goals of creating motion and distance. Please continue to look!

L Weese 11/2/2013 | 5:23 PM

I love Boat/11. Love the colors, reflections, composition. Vista/01 is an exciting painting. Love it.

Kim McAninch 10/21/2013 | 4:16 PM

A HAPPY COLLECTOR! I received this email from a collector who purchased one of my paintings. "Hi Kim - My wife and I just bought "Two Row Boats," and can't wait to see it in person. We love all your work and hope you will continue to create beautiful paintings. Love the rough, palate knife look. Best good wishes, Chuck" The encouragement is very much appreciated, Thank you.

Kim McAninch 8/27/2013 | 2:01 PM

Thank you very much for the compliment! I appreciate that you took the time to look. I have many more BOAT masterpieces planned- please check back soon! Kim

blythke 8/27/2013 | 1:54 PM

Your boat pieces are wonderful, I can feel the water moving, you feel like you are sitting on the boat.


Oil painting on stretched canvas
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18" h x 24" w x .75" d
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The eye makes its way to the water through the dunes and beach grass. This piece is part of an ongoing series titled Dunes. It was created with a palette knife and displays a unique layering of color and abstract perception. The painting is on gallery wrapped linen with clean, natural edges. It comes varnished and wired to hang.

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