Thursday, December 28, 2017

Looking Back on 2017

Sometimes it's hard to remember all the events that have happened within a year but I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the happenings and creations of 2017. I am very fortunate to be able to stay home to raise my children and pursue a career as an artist. I am so grateful for all of the support that I have received this past year from customers, the community, and people who follow me on social media.

Below is a list of my accomplishments from this year and the paintings that I made.

  • Voted Best Art Business in Salem County
  • Second Place in Gallery 50's "Petite Moments" an International Juried Miniature Art Competition with "Daretown Lake"
  • Raised $700 for the Woodstown FFA Program with the Salem County Farmlands Calendar

  • Pitman Gallery & Art Center Member Show - December 2017
  • Holiday Open House - December 2017
  • Woodstown Fall Festival - September 2017
  • Pitman Art Stroll, Pitman Gallery and Art Center - September 2017
  • Woodstown's Inaugural Fourth Friday Pop Up Art Show - July and August 2017
  • Petite Moments: an International Juried Exhibition, Gallery 50 - July 2017
  • Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour, Exhibiting Artist - May 2017
  • Printed in Courier Post's  "Show Us Your South Jersey" section December 3, 17 & 24
  • "On The Edge" and landscape photography featured in Salem County Welcome's Amazon HQ2 Campaign
  • Salem County L.O.V.E. Campaign
"Autumn in Daretown" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 5" x 7" by Kimberly English © 2017

"One of a Kind" - 8" x 10" - Acrylics on Gessobord by Kimberly English © 2017 - SOLD

"Distant Vista on Shirley Road" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 11" x 14" by Kimberly English © 2017

"January Blossom" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 6" x 6" by Kimberly English © 2017

"Sun-Kissed Abby" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 8" x 8" by Kimberly English © 2017

"Potato Harvest in Elmer" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 9" x 12" by Kimberly English © 2017

"Rachel & David Sickler" - Acrylics on Canvas - 16" x 20" by Kimberly English © 2017

"Levon & Daniel Cogdill" - Acrylics on Canvas - 16" x 20" by Kimberly English © 2017

"Taylor & Tyler Bill" - Acrylics on Canvas - 16" x 20" by Kimberly English © 2017

Leather Bomber Jacket Addition

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Donation to the Woodstown FFA Program

Taking photographs of the Salem County farmlands is another creative outlet for myself and a way to gather references for my acrylic paintings. I look for beautiful landscapes or close up details that most people wouldn't notice. I love starting my day by enjoying the amazing views we are so fortunate to be surrounded by every day.

When I first thought of composing a calendar with my photographs I did not think that many people would be interested. For that reason, I decided to make the calendars available through preordering. I knew that however many calendars I did sell, I wanted to have some of the proceeds donated to a local cause. I chose to donate $5 of each calendar to the Woodstown Future Farmer's of America Program because I wanted to help local students who are learning to become active members of our agricultural community.

This week I presented the Woodstown Future Farmer's of America Program teacher, Deanna Miller, with a check donation for the calendar sales. In total, 125 calendars were sold and a donation of $700 was made! This included extra money customers donated towards the cause as well as an extra donation from myself.

I am absolutely blown away by the support that the community has shown me! I cannot thank each and every person enough for purchasing my calendar. Whether it was for yourself or as a gift this holiday season. It truly means the world to me that my photography will be hanging in homes across southern New Jersey as well as Texas and Virginia.

It is my hope, through both my paintings and photography, to ignite a sense of pride in where we live and the spectacular landscapes that we live upon. I also want to highlight the hard working farmers that inspire me so much.

Next year I have BIG plans for the calendar to make it even more unique! If you are a farmer in Salem County that would like to be a part of next year's calendar, please contact me at

Presenting the check to Woodstown FFA teacher, Deanna Miller

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Give The Gift of Art

Do you have Christmas shopping left to do? Did you know that you can shop my collection of original artwork and prints via my website? All of the items that I offer at my Holiday Open House and during Arts in Bloom can be viewed and purchased from the comfort of your home. Below are brief descriptions of items available.

Archival prints come packaged in protective, sealed, cello bags with foam board backing and the descriptive story about the work of art. Most prints come in standard sizes and can easily be popped into a frame for gift giving.

Framed archival and canvas prints are also available and ready to be wrapped for your gift giving needs. The descriptive story about the work of art is attached to the back of the frame.

14" x 14" pillows featuring my paintings make a unique gift for someone who doesn't have a lot of wall space.

Greeting cards with my original paintings can be used to send well wishes to friends and family during the holiday season, they can be given as a set for recipients to use, or place them in a collage frame to use as a work of art. The possibilities are endless!

A new item available this holiday season are pendant necklaces. They are 1" square pendants on a genuine leather 18" necklace with a lobster clasp closure. They come in an adorable burlap cinch gift bag. Choose from four different collections: paintings, landscapes, farming and vintage trucks.

If you're local, free pick up from my studio is available! If you are ordering and need it shipped to your home, please place your order by December 18th to ensure it will arrive in time for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Painting Progression: Potato Harvest in Elmer

A local farmer and friend, Michael Brooks, commissioned me to create this painting. I saw online that he was having an auction of old farm equipment and I contacted him to see if I could go over before the sale to photograph some of the old trucks. He agreed and asked if I would be willing to paint one of the 1977 F600 trucks for his parents. They had bought them brand new and he wanted to preserve the memories they held on their farm.

I created the composition from many photographs of the truck at the auction and fields. Since the truck did not have a potato body on it, I used reference pictures from Ben Wilson's potato equipment, and old photos that Mike provided. I also edited the truck to make it look new again, as per Mike’s request.

This painting was a challenge because I wanted to ensure it was accurately represented to preserve their family’s farming heritage. I wanted the background to depict a typical summer day in South Jersey during a potato harvest with beautiful clear skies. The vines and ground were a lot of fun to paint including the small potatoes that didn't make it into the truck. 

Below is the painting, click the image to enlarge, and the painting progression video

"Potato Harvest in Elmer" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 9" x 12" by Kimberly English © 2017

Painting Progression Video

Special thanks to Michael Brooks for commissioning this painting, Ben Wilson for allowing me to photograph his farm equipment, Jen and Andy Williams for doing a beautiful job framing this work, and last but not least, my husband and mom for helping with the kids at various times while I worked on the painting.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holiday Open House

Join me December 2 & 3 from 10AM - 5PM for my first Holiday Open House! A collection of artistic and luxurious, handmade home products, together for a unique shopping experience! 

I will have original artwork, prints, framed prints, pillows and greeting cards available. New Christmas ornaments will also be available. I will be revealing my new painting on Saturday, December 2 at 10:15AM. Preordered 2018 Salem County Farmlands Calendars are also ready for pick up.

Janice Chassier will offer her handmade ceramics. Including: mugs, bowls, soap dispensers, serving platters and more!

A Whole New Light will have handmade soy candles and warming oils.

Handmade and painted bowl fillers for your home decoating needs.

Happy Goats Soap Company will have handmade soaps and lip balms

New painting reveal is on Saturday, December 2 at 10:15AM

Preordered 2018 Salem County Farmlands Calendars are also ready for pick up during the Open House

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Why Thanksgiving is My Favorite Holiday

I know a lot of people prefer Christmas for the beautiful trees, lights, and presents but my absolute favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Since I was little girl, I have always looked forward to Thanksgiving over any other holiday throughout the year. It holds so much meaning and special memories.

Growing up, almost every Thanksgiving was spent at my Aunt Ann and Uncle Norman's home on the Timber Creek. My aunt was the epitome of the perfect hostess. Amazing appetizers, delicious entrees, and decadent desserts, all served on beautiful cut crystal platters with real linen napkins. My uncle would serve up some virgin cocktails for the kids, or slip us a real fuzzy navel, while we played shuffle board and darts in their den. As a family we would dine together under their beautiful chandeliers while taper candles lit the table. I am so thankful for those special moments.

Now a days, my husband and I host Thanksgiving at our home. We always look forward to having our families come together to share the holiday with us. It is so important to consciously acknowledge the many blessings that are present in our lives everyday. Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to reflect, as a family, on all of the things we are so lucky to have. Another aspect that I love about Thanksgiving is that there are no expectations, only being together. I can't think of anything better than getting together, eating an awesome meal, and enjoying each other's company.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year? 
Leave me a comment, I would love to hear about them!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Writing Every Week for One Year

Today marks the anniversary for writing a blog post every week for one year. <Insert confetti here!>  Although that doesn't seem like much to celebrate, I assure you it's a lot more challenging than you might think.

While taking a trip to Barre, Massachusetts to pick up art display equipment, I set a goal to write a blog post every week for one year. I got the idea from artist advising guru, Alyson Stansfield. I have taken many of her webinars and online classes where she advocates for educating art collectors on your artistic process and yourself as an individual. Creating connections is so vital for establishing relationships with clients that will invest in your artwork.

This past year I have written about painting progressions, reviews about events and products, tutorials, and sharing other artists. Through committing to writing a blog every week, I was encouraged too try new things, go to diverse art events, and had the opportunity to reflect and learn about my myself. I found that writing is another creative outlet that has helped me to discover new meaning and purpose for my artwork.

If you have been reading my blogs, I thank you for taking the time to read and comment on them! Your time and insight is greatly appreciated. I'm excited to see what the next year of writing will bring to my art career! Here is a look back at a few of my favorite blogs from this year: How Becoming a Mother Made Me a Better Artist, Why Landscapes?, and Utilizing Artwork for Agvocacy in South Jerseys Farming Industry.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Utilizing Artwork for Agvocacy in South Jersey's Farming Industry

The artwork I create has been inspired by the agricultural landscapes of southern New Jersey since I began painting 9 years ago. At the time, I had just started dating my husband and we spent a lot of our dates on tractors in spinach and hay fields or on his four wheeler exploring his family's farm. The photographs I took from our adventures served as references for my acrylic paintings.

Fast forward to the present, I have continued to focus my subject matter on the beautiful farmlands southern New Jersey has to offer. Recently, I've come to realize that my artwork can perform an important role in the agvocacy for southern New Jersey's farming industry. What is "Agvocacy"? It is a relatively new term that is the combination of the words "agriculture" and "advocacy" which is defined as the positive promotion of agricultural industries.

I'd like my paintings and photography to serve as a platform to promote the active agricultural community in southern New Jersey. The hard work and sacrifices farmers make to grow crops needs to be acknowledged with artwork that evokes just as much of an emotional response from viewers as the farmer's physical efforts in sustaining their land. Portraying their fields, equipment, and operations in an artistic manner will help bring awareness to the often overlooked beauty that exists within farming. It is my hope that my artwork can create connections between the larger, non-farming population and the people that choose to dedicate their life to agriculture.

If you are a farmer from southern New Jersey that would like to have your land/operations photographed or created into a work of art, please email me at:

Wilson Brother's Farms - Daretown, NJ

Spring Brook Farms of Pittsgrove
Harvesting Spinach in Elmer

"On The Edge" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 6" x 6" by Kimberly English ©2015 - SOLD

 "Curious #601" - Acrylics on Canvas - 8" x 6" by Kimberly English © 2015

"Distant Vista on Shirley Road" - Acrylics on Gessobord - 11" x 14" by Kimberly English © 2017

2018 Salem County Farmlands Calendar

A collection of photographs by Kimberly English featuring the farmers and farmland of Salem County. $5 of each calendar sold will be donated to the Woodstown Future Farmer's of America Program. A great holiday gift that gives back to our farming community!

To view more agricultural artwork, please visit my website:

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How I Used My Art to Heal

I decided in this blog post to share something that is extremely personal, one of which most people probably didn't know about me. I've had this written for a long time and after two years, I feel I am finally ready to share my story. It is more common than most would think; yet it is something most woman keep to themselves.

Early in 2015, my husband and I decided it was time to expand our family and in February, we became pregnant with our second child. It was around the same time of year that I became pregnant with our first, Courtney, so I knew when to expect similar pregnancy symptoms. I arranged my doctor's appointment to confirm the pregnancy and went about life.

The pregnancy progressed similarly to my first, with mild nausea. Right before my 8 week ultrasound, something felt wrong. I voiced my concerns to my husband, the eternal optimist that he is, reassured me that everything was fine. At the ultrasound, the doctor found a heartbeat but said the baby was measuring small. She ordered bloodwork to check my hormone levels and wanted me to come back the following week for another ultrasound.

My instinct that something was wrong only increased when most of my symptoms had disappeared. Chester assured me that around the same time with Courtney my symptoms had diminished. I waited eagerly for my doctor's appointment hoping for good news.

The day finally arrived: April 1, April Fool's Day. We waited what seemed like forever for the doctor to join us in the examination room. As she entered the room, she explained that my bloodwork came back normal for an early pregnancy and that the ultrasound would give us a better idea of how things were progressing. As she looked at the monitor I could see the disappointment in her eyes. My fears were confirmed. She informed us that the baby no longer had a heart beat and that it had shrunk in size. I began to cry and my shoulders shuddered in grief. I'll never forget how my doctor hugged me and offered a Kleenex and softly explained my options. I chose to have a D&C the following week.

However, the night before my procedure, what would have been our second child was born. It may seem silly but I couldn't see burying our baby without a name.  We named it Cameron and I chose to have it rest among my peony flowers that begin to grow every April so I can always be reminded of it's life.

The very next day, I began my painting for the 2015 Arts in Bloom Studio Tour. It was the year we were honoring the Salem Oak and artists were creating works of art with the oak as inspiration. I poured myself into the painting. Literally every moment I had that I wasn't caring for our daughter, I was painting. During the time I spent working on this painting I was able to come to peace with our loss. Concentrating on the colors, textures, and shapes was therapeutic and helped to relieve my grief. It was a very healing experience. Although this painting depicts a historical landmark it also represents overcoming my personal loss.  You can see the progression of the painting here.

A few months later, I became pregnant with our son. Exactly one year after I had my miscarriage, I went into labor. I couldn't believe the timing. While laboring, I thought of the baby we never got to hold and how we were so blessed for our miracle about to be born. The next day, in the early morning hours, we met our sweet rainbow baby, Kent Marshall. He was everything we could have wished for and more.

Please understand, I did not write this blog for sympathy. It is my hope that by sharing my story I can provide some comfort or to let any woman know who is or has gone through a miscarriage that you are not alone. I'm not sure the pain of losing a baby will ever go away but I have come to understand that everything happens for a reason. I am thankful I could and still use the creation of artwork as a way of exploring and working through my feelings. I encourage anyone, at any level of artistic ability, to discover the medicinal properties in the artistic process using colors, forms, shading and textures. It's amazing what can be worked out, even on a subconscious level, when you concentrate of creating something beautiful for yourself.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Our First Family Vacation

My husband and I hadn't taken a vacation since our "baby moon" right before our daughter, Courtney, was born. Life got busy with becoming a family, large home renovations, and just day to day living. We realized we have to make time for new experiences and creating special memories since time had gone by so fast from our last adventure. This past weekend we took our first family vacation to the Jersey shore to celebrate Courtney''s 4th birthday.

We stayed at a family friend's beautiful beach house in North Wildwood which was just a few steps from the boardwalk! The weather was absolutely perfect for the end of October, 75 degrees. We spent time exploring the area, eating delicious food, playing in the ocean, and searching for shells. The house we were staying in was an adventure in of itself for our kids. They had a blast running from room to room and discovering everything the house had to offer. It was a wonderful weekend spent together as a family!

Below are some pictures I took during the weekend.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Holiday Open House

In 6 short weeks, join me for my first Holiday Open House! A collection of artistic and luxurious, handmade home products for a unique shopping experience!

I will have original artwork, prints, framed prints, pillows and greeting cards available. Preordered 2018 Salem County Farmlands Calendars will be available for pick up.

Janice Chassier will offer her handmade ceramics. Including: mugs, bowls, soap dispensers, serving platters and more!

A Whole New Light will have handmade soy candles and warming oils.

Handmade and painted bowl fillers for your home decoating needs.

Happy Goats Soap Company will have handmade soaps.

2018 Salem County Farmlands Calendar

The Salem County Farmlands Calendar is a collection of photographs by Kimberly English featuring the farmers and farmland of Salem County. $5 of each calendar sold will be donated to the Woodstown Future Farmer's of America Program. A great holiday gift that gives back to our farming community!

Featuring: Coleman Brothers Farms of Elmer, English Farms of Aldine, Wilson Brother's Farms of Daretown, and Spring Brook Farms of Pittsgrove.

Calendars are only available through preordering. Orders will be taken until November 20th. Calendars will be available for free local pick up at my Holiday Open House December 2-3, 2017. For non-local customers, please choose your shipping option at checkout.

If you are a Salem County farmer that would like to have their operations and/or land photographed to be included in next year's calendar, please email me at:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wheaton Festival of Fine Craft

I love viewing and speaking with other artists and on Sunday I had the opportunity to attend the Wheaton Festival of Fine Craft. It's a well established, local show that draws talented artists and craftspeople from all over the country. 

I gain inspiration by browsing different mediums and experiencing what other artists are doing. I really enjoyed the demonstrations that were offered: Glass blowing, wood turning, weaving and more! Having the opportunity to see other artists creating brings a new perspective to my own work and provides great motivation.

I was really excited to see an artist I met at my very first show at Appel Farm 8 years ago, Ramona T Maziarz. She is an exceptional pen and ink artist who utilizes nature and animals as her inspiration in her drawings. I immediately had a connection to one of her miniature originals of a hummingbird moth. Years ago, I had a flowering bush right outside my kitchen window that would attract hummingbird moths that I enjoyed watching as I washed the dishes. Unfortunately, due to home renovations we had to remove the bush. I purchased the drawing and will be hanging it by my sink to admire. It is pictured below.

I also used my time at Wheaton to support some friends. I am the Social Media Coordinator for the Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour. While at Wheaton, I documented the participation of fellow Arts in Bloom artists. Below are some pictures of those who were exhibiting this past weekend.

Pumpkins in the Wheaton Pumpkin Batch

Hummingbird Moth by Ramona T. Maziarz

Glass ornaments by Deb DiMarco

Painted Glass by Deb DiMarco

Annette Devitt demonstrating weaving

Annette Devitt demonstrating weaving

Skeff Thomas and Diane Driessen

Skeff Thomas and Diane Driessen

Dana Gayner