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Kim Stenberg
Alexandria, Virginia

Kim Stenberg compares herself to an onion because of her many layers. Instead of staying put in her native South Korea, she came to the USA to earn a PhD. Instead of retiring as a college history professor, she retired early to pursue her second dream of becoming a full-time artist. Instead of continuing with watercolors, she branched out to the oil medium. The question now, of course, is: what’s next? Fun fact: Kim started painting pet portraits in 2013. She quickly found a knack for capturing the spirit, not just the likeness, of cats and dogs!

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Kauai Sunrise
by KIM STENBERG


Oil painting on stretched canvas
One-of-a-kind
Signed on front
2016

24" h x 24" w x 2.25" d
5 lbs. 12 oz.

$2,600


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A few years ago, my family spent a blissful week in the tropical island of Kauai. On the last day of our vacation, I got up early to greet the dawn. As the blinding light almost obliterated the divides between the sky, sea, and beach, I felt melting in the warm, all-embracing light. 

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. It comes varnished and ready to hang. 

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.

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